Many expatriates who returned home during the lockdown period are spending the kitchen by selling amla and bay leaves. Amla is being sold for 60 to 80 rupees per kilogram, then Tejapat 180 to 200 rupees.
Amla and Tejata are grown in abundance in the valley areas of the district. Amla is produced in large quantities in the Manch Tamali region of Champawat, Drydhang, Banlekh, Pancheshwar of Lohaghat, Pulla, Gallagaon, Barigaon of Barakot, Nainga and Bhingra area of Pati. In these areas there is also the cultivation of brisket. The big tenants sell the kilogram through the Pharmaceutical Federation and the small tenants sell kilograms on the basis of demand. This time, amla and Tejapat are also being found in vegetable and grocery shops. Most migrants have made it a means of seasonal employment. Tenant cultivators Dhan Singh, Parvati Devi, Tularam Joshi, Mahesh Chandra Chauthiya, Prakash Chandra Talaniyan, who used to harvest tejapat and amla, said that until last years their goods could not reach the market on time but this time their children returned to Amla in the lockdown. Apart from the market, Tejapat is sold in villages. The expatriate Jagat Prakash, Rajendra Oli, Manish Bhatt, returned from Punjab, Harish Prasad, Tularam, Mahendra Singh, who returned from Delhi said that people are happily buying Amla from 60 to 80 rupees on seeing the quality of fruits. Tejapat is also selling from 180 to 200 rupees a kg. Overseas Devendra Singh of Champawat, Kailash Manral, Vivek Singh, Akhilesh Kumar, Subhash Chandra, resident of Ijra village of Barakot said that they have planted Amla, Tejapat, Harad, large cardamom, Neem etc. in this season.
Here Maa Barahi District Autonomous Cooperative Committee will take the support of GB Pant Himalayan Environment and Development Institute Almora for promoting medicinal plants like Tejapat, big cardamom, amla etc. in the district. Chairman of the committee Ramesh Chandra Pant said that large scale medicinal plants will be brought from the research institute and made available to the tenants. Herbal production may increase if encouraged
Champawat: Kishtkar Kishan Singh Ftrayal, the chief herb producer of the district, says that if the farmers are encouraged, herb production can increase in the district. This will also strengthen the means of employment. Training on cultivation of medicinal plants and preparation of their products is required to be given to the tenants. The Pharmaceutical Federation should register as many farmers as possible and license them. Planned marketing and planned marketing is necessary so that tenants can be protected from middlemen. The news of migrants adopting employment in agriculture is quite satisfactory. Necessary guidelines will be given by holding a meeting of the District Pharmaceutical Association soon for the cultivation, conservation, marketing of medicinal plants in a proper way. Such tenants will also be benefited from the government scheme.
-RS Rawat, CDO, Champawat