There is none who won’t like to earn limitlessly and when it comes to farming, it is a business of risks and fortune. Iffco Kisan brings you secrets of how one can earn huge amounts thorough the cultivation of this secret yet commonly found plant. There is hardly anyone unknown to the facts related to the benefits of Tulsi. Ocimum tenuiflorum is the scientific name of tulsi, and its benefits are not only limited to domestic uses, but it is a versatile plant used for diversified purposes.
Holy Basil is in many ways of this medicinal plant, and there are many unique benefits such as Tulsi. The plant is known to be very useful in curing many diseases, increasing the immunity of the body, fights bacterial and viral infections.
Apart from this, the following are some other advantages:
- Relieving stress– According to Ayurveda, if you plant Tulsi in-home stress will never surround your family.
- Tulsi relieves ear diseases– Heat two drops of basil leaf juice and using a dropper drip it in the ears, it relieves ear pain. Grind basil leaves, castor leaves and a pinch of salt and apply a paste on the ear to relieve swelling behind the ear and get instant relief.
- Effective mosquito repellent– Tulsi is an excellent mosquito repellent, and its presence in the home can safeguard your family from diseases like malaria. In recently published journals it is said that Tulsi is an effective medicine in warding off insects and mosquitoes, which is why you should plant Tulsi at home, especially in the monsoon.
- Clean and fresh air– Planting a basil plant in the house provides a continuous supply of pure oxygen. It is said that basil is a plant that provides 20 hours of oxygen per day and carbon monoxide, soaks up poisonous pollutants like carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide.
Tulsi is full of medicinal properties and is available commonly in most of the houses, but do you know that Tulsi one can also cultivate and can open the doors of your fortunes by indulging into basil cultivation. Its healing properties are the reason why tulsi is in high demand in industries like cosmetics; pharmaceuticals, beverages, etc.
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Here is a piece of advice from our agro-experts on how to earn from Tulsi cultivation:
- Cultivation of new plant of basil is mainly grown in the rainy season. In other seasons its leaves become shorter, and branches seem to be thinner than usual. Ploughing is essential in the field before starting the cultivation of basil.
- Make well-ploughed rows.
- Basil seeds are small in size, so they need to be mixed with sawdust, sand or wood so that they settle down properly in the soil. Basil seeds are easy to germinate.
- After sowing the seeds in mixed soil and immediately water the ground and keep watering the field at least once in a week.
- The process of germination of seeds sown in April and May starts within a week or two.
- When choosing manure for basil cultivation, one can opt for organic or liquid fertilizer. Although basil needs very less fertilizer, therefore, note that overuse of fertilizer may harm the plant and destroy it. Remember not to fertilize the basil plants in too hot or too cold weather.
- Cow-dung manure is the most beneficial for plants. Add 200-250quantil of manure to the soil while ploughing the field, which will make the soil healthier for the cultivation.
- The months of July/October/November are the best to cultivate basil. Make sure there is a distance of 40cm amongst the plants, and field is irrigated regularly after the planting.
- After the planting phase is over, water the ground at the end of the monsoon. Re-irrigation helps the plants to settle down firmly in the soil. You can separate the weak plants and uproot them to maintain the symmetry of produce in the field.
- During the summer season, the filed requires irrigation at regular intervals or at least 3-4 times, while one can water the ground as per requirement during the remaining seasons.
When to harvest:
After 90-95 days of planting, the crop is ready for the first harvest. Pluck the leaves required from the plant at an early flowering stage. Cut leaves and flowers in a way that branches remain in the ground, and the stems can grow again.
- When leaves, appear to be lush green, one can start harvesting on a sunny day as the correct harvesting time is essential. The timings of the harvest impact the amount of oil extracted out of leaves.
- Once the plants show the signs of blooming flowers, harvest them. If the plants are allowed to flower enormously, the quantity of oil extracted decreases.
- Remember to cut the branches at the height of 15 to 20 meters so that the new plants can grow easily and quickly.
- For a field area of 1 acre, there is a requirement of 1 kg of seeds to cultivate the land. Ten acres will require 10 kg seeds which will cost around Rs 3000.
- Fertilizer cost may vary between Rs. 10000-15000.
- Arrange proper irrigation
- One fruitful season produces up to eight quintals of the harvest that one can sell in the market for nothing less than Rs 3 lakh.
- One can buy Basil seeds for Rs 30000-40000/quintal.
- Produce can be directly sold in the market or to buyers looking for contract farming for pharmaceutical companies can also be contacted through agencies.
Pay attention to minor details regarding the irrigation, cultivation and handling of crops during the harvesting procedure. Cut off the water supply to the field, ten days before harvesting and be blessed with the monetary boons of Holy Basil.