Manipur is a state in northeast India. It is known as an agricultural state and around 76% of the state is involved in agriculture. Only 10% of the land in Manipur is cultivated and the state can do much to improve this dire situation. Paddy is grown a lot in the state and the sweet rice grown here is popular all over India. Here are a few crops that can benefit Manipur Agriculture.
Tomato is an important vegetable crop that is popular all over the world. It grows in almost every country in the world. Tomatoes are quintessential in most dishes for their delicious taste. They are rich in Vitamins A and C and also contain lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant. Tomatoes consumption is more in developed countries and is also known as a luxury crop. As more disease-resistant varieties are developed, they will become more in the diet of poor countries too.
Cucumber is a major summer vegetable that grows all over India. It is a climbing plant and grows in moderately warm conditions. It has 96% water and a refreshing taste, One can consume it raw or with salt in a salad. Its seeds have a use in oil extraction which is good for the body and mind. It has a high source of Vitamin K and Molybdenum. It is useful in curing skin, kidney, and heart problems.
Peas are one of the most important legume crops that grow across the world for their pods. Their use is mostly in cooking as vegetables and in dry form as pulses. They also serve as excellent fodder for livestock. Peas are very nutritious and a rich source of amino acids, sugars, and proteins. It is highly profitable but still grown on a small scale in the state for no profits.
Cauliflower, also known as Gobhi in India, is one of the most popular vegetable crops. Its head part is edible and can be a good addition to curries, soups, and pickles. It is an important part of the diet due to it being highly nutritious and having a savoury taste. It has two types, early-season type crop, and late-type crop. Cauliflower can lower cholesterol, improve heart health, and prevent cancer.
Cabbage is a leafy green that grows in moist cool climates. It has a spicy flavour and has a major use in many dishes for the same. The leafy head is eaten either raw or in cooked form. It is rich in glutamine, an antioxidant, and vitamin C. Cabbage usually grows in winter and is very hard to frost.
Brinjals or eggplants are an important crop that is native to India. As it is a hardy crop it can easily grow in a dry area with low irrigation facilities. This crop contains vitamins and minerals. It is a versatile crop that adapts to different climates and can grow throughout the year. It grows extensively in warmer climates of Asia like the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and China. Its consumption is widespread in countries like the USA, Egypt, and Italy.
Broccoli is a cool-season crop that loves the sun and grows in the fall or spring. They are also commonly the “crown jewel of nutrition” as they are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. One can consume them raw in a salad or even steamed and cooked. This exotic vegetable is a boon for the rural economy in India.
Manipur is highly dependent on agriculture for its economy. Individual efforts to develop agriculture go a very long way in improving the economy of the state.