The most costly vegetable is growing in India. Recently, a farmer from Bihar’s Aurangabad district has become social media sensation; he cultivates a unique vegetable that costs about Rs 1 lakh!
The vegetable is known as ‘hop-shoots’, the farmer identified as Amresh Singh; an intermediate-pass out from Hazaribagh’s St. Columbus College became the first person to start hop-shoots cultivation on 5 kathas of land, without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
When he first started the businesses he took enormous risk and invested Rs. 2.5 lakh to grow hop shoots. He is also the first person to start hop-shoots cultivation on 5 kathas of land. The vegetable used to be sold for 1000 pounds per kg in the international market about six years ago, though in Indian market it is rarely seen. The farmer said that 60 per cent of the vegetable’s cultivation has been successful.
He also hopes that if PM Modi makes a special arrangement for the promotion of cultivation of ‘hop-shoots’, the farmers can earn 10 times more than they can do by other means of agriculture within a couple of years.
Benefits of ‘hop-shoots’
Hop-shoots discovered in the early 11th century when it was used as a flavouring agent in beer. Hop-shoots are used in beverage making, beer making and for medical purposes such as in preparing antibiotics.
The medicine prepared from the stem of hop-shoots is used in the treatment of Tuberculosis (TB). It is said that the vegetable has acids called humulones and lupulones in it that is said to kill cancer cells in the human body. It is also used in medicines for improving the digestive system, as a relaxant in depression, anxiety, as a painkilling and for curing insomnia.