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Bihar farmer grows world’s costliest vegetable

Bihar farmer grows world’s costliest vegetable

Do you know the world’s costliest vegetable? Why is it so expensive? Where is it available?

Hop-shoots is the costliest vegetable in the world. It is so expensive due to its high cultivation and harvesting costs. Usually, it is grown in Europe and America. It is seen rarely in India. It is bought only on special orders. Even the delivery would also take a long time. But, now it is available in India. A farmer from Bihar grows the crop.

His name is Amresh Singh. He is selling the vegetable for ₹1 lakh per kg. It made headlines, and IAS officer Supriya Sahu tweeted about him and the crop to the knowledge of many people. By cultivating the crop, Amresh Singh became the first one to grow such a vegetable in the country. While tweeting, Sahu wished the crop could be a game-changer for Indian farmers as it can benefit them financially.

Cultivation of hop-shoots is not an easy task. It takes three years to come to fruition. It involves tedious labour work as the tips are tiny and they have to be picked individually. Besides, it needs several hundreds of tips to fill a carrier bag.

However, Amresh took the risk and cultivated the crop. He bought the saplings from the Indian Vegetable Research Institute and take suitable measures for their growth. Now, he is reaping the benefits and made the headlines.

Hop-shoots has many uses. Every part of the plant is loaded with many health benefits. It is used in the beer industry as a stability agent. It is also used as a natural remedy for TB. It is believed to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Besides, it is used in cosmetics. As this Bihar farmer stepped forward, many farmers may follow in his footsteps in future.

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