Thursday, 29 December 2011

Farmers cultivate Sugar free strawberries in Ramnagar Uttarakhand

Written by Anil Singh

Farmers cultivate Sugar free strawberries in Ramnagar Uttarakhand

With a section of Indian middle class’ increasing prosperity and hence the disposable incomes; the consumption of sugar free products in the country is bound to increase (Lifestyle diseases, Diabetes etc.).

That’s why, the farmers in Ramnagar in Uttarakhand's Nainital District, taking up sugar free strawberry cultivation, appears a logical move.

Sugar Free strawberries can be consumed even by people suffering from diabetes.

In a unique initiative of sorts, aimed at people not able to eat fruits due to their sugar content, the Ramnagar cultivators came out with an alternative where they produced strawberries with the help of tissue culture technique.

Farmer M S Negi, who initiated this effort, informed that the plant is even used in making medicines for cancer, diabetes, asthma, cough and stone [Clarification: I’m not sure what Mr. Negi is referring to – the sugar free strawberry plant or the Tissue Culture technique].

Sugar free strawberries in Ramnagar Uttarakhand

The Ramnagar farmers have succeeded in producing three varieties of sugar free strawberries in the poly-house under favorable conditions.

These specialized varieties of strawberries have TEN percent less sugar content than the actual amount in the fruit [The Sugar Free is a misnomer. These strawberries should be called Low Sugar strawberries]

The sugar free strawberry cultivation is slowly picking up among farmers in the region.

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