STORY: Farmers in India’s northern Punjab state are switching to strawberry cultivation over conventional crops like wheat and rice to reap rich dividends.
Farmers claim profits from strawberry cultivation are almost double compared to those in cultivation of food grains. The South Asian nation is carrying a huge inventory of food grains from 2016’s record harvest, while exports have been hit by an appreciating rupee, falling global prices and restrictions on overseas shipments.
Strawberry cultivation is being done on 100 acres of land in the state, Ludhiana’s chief agriculture officer Baldev Singh said on Friday (March 09).
Strawberry cultivation was first introduced in Indian Kashmir in the late 1990s. It later spread to rest of the country.