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ABOUT STEVIA


Stevia (STEVIA REBAUDIANA) leaves have functional and sensory properties superior to those of many other high potency sweeteners. Stevia is likely to become a major source of high potency sweetener for the growing natural food market in the future. Although Stevia can be helpful to anyone, there are certain groups who are more likely to benefit from its remarkable sweetening potential. These include diabetics, those interested in decreasing caloric intake, and children.

Origin of Stevia Rebaudiana is in central Paraguay where it grows near the ponds and streams in wild conditions. Native Paraguayans have been consuming this herb in large quantities for many centuries. It was only during early fifties that Japanese stumbled upon this unique herb and took it to Japan where they have developed many varieties of this wonderful herb for large scale cultivation The leaves of this plant are 30 times sweeter than sugar , with zero calories. Where as pure extract is 300 times sweeter than sugar.

Stevia Rebaudiana is a small perennial growing up to 65-80 cm tall, with sessile, oppositely arranged leaves. Different species of Stevia contain several potential sweetening compounds, with Stevia Rebaudiana being the sweetest of all. Stevia is a semi-humid subtropical plant that can be grown easily like any other vegetable crop even in the kitchen garden. The soil should be in the pH range of 6.5- 7.5; well-drained red soil and sandy loam soil. Saline soils should be avoided to cultivate this plant.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stevia Cultivation In India


Stevia cultivation in India is a new. The plantation started 6-7 years before.  We went through an article on medicinal plant. The article highlighted the benefit of the stevia. We stuck with crop and try to find out the information on stevia cultivation. Before 5-6 years the content on stevia was not available so much in context to India.  We got some seed from one importer of the stevia seed from Brazil. We started the cultivation the results were as per the expectations. We approached some farmers for the stevia cultivation. Initially it was very hard to make them to cultivate stevia.  We could able to fill the confidence in two three growers for the stevia cultivation. Those 2-3 growers were agree to cultivate the Stevia. They were happy to see the crop in the field. Since the crop was new so there was no one to assist us on the problems in the stevia cultivation. We harvested the crop. It was very tough for us to find the buyer. We got some contact and sold out the stevia. The selling part was very tough. No one knew, to should we sell it.
                                              
The problem is still with the farmers that to whom they should sell their produce. The market is not open as the general agriculture commodity. The demand is there in the market but no one knows where it is??

Slowly and slowly we involved more farmers we became confident toward the cultivation side.  We could able to understand the package of practices of the stevia crop in the Indian conditions. We clearly made a small cultivation guideline on the stevia crop. Mean while we came in contact with some other person who were involved in the stevia cultivation. The govt also started to assist the stevia crop under medicinal crop plantation.

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