In the global market, there is a lot of demand for Mithila makhana and products made from it. Commercial cultivation of Makhane and its products are exported to various countries of the world.
In 2002, the National Makhana Research Center was opened in Darbhanga, Mithilanchal, Bihar.
During the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the National Makhana Research Center was opened in Darbhanga in Mithilanchal, Bihar in 2002, with the objective of strengthening the rural economy by promoting the cultivation of Makhane in the reservoirs available in the area. But later, during the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the national status of this center was abolished in 2005, due to which the imagination of people in the field of Makhana research could not be cultivated. The reason for the national status of this research center being abolished, is very shocking.
Kapil Dev Jha, a makhana producer of Madhubani, told that the officers posted at the National Makhana Research Center, Darbhanga mostly resided in Patna, because at that time the electricity situation in Darbhanga was not good, that is why the center’s national status was abolished and it was changed to Indian The Agricultural Research Council (ICAR) was linked to the Eastern Research Complex in Patna. This is also mentioned in the letter written by the farmers of Mithila to the Prime Minister of the country in October 2019, demanding the restoration of the former status of the research center.
Hope of farmers increased after vocal for local
Kapil Dev Jha said that ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the slogan of Vocal for Local, the local product Makhana of Mithila is expected to be encouraged, because the demand for Makhana produced in this area is also in foreign markets. He said that recently a central team had come to assess the situation of Makhana Research Center located in Darbhanga, which seems that the Modi government has gone in this direction, because the importance of Makhana has been discussed earlier by the Prime Minister.
The situation of farmers will improve
Dr. Indushekhar, the in-charge and principal scientist of Makhana Research Center, Darbhanga, also told that the central team had come. Though he did not say anything about the reasons for the visit of the team or the termination of the status of the National Research Center, but he definitely told about the benefit to the farmers from the cultivation of Makhane in the area. He said that there is a lot of potential for Makhane cultivation in Mithilanchal, as there is a lot of water logging in the area due to the standing water of the rivers coming from Nepal on rainy days, where cultivation of Makhana, Singhara and other aquatic products it occurs.
Makhana product demand is high
Dr. Indushekhar said that there is a lot of demand for Mithila’s Makhana and products made from it in the global market. Commercial cultivation of Makhane and its products are exported to various countries of the world. He said that the cultivation of more Makhana in the country is done in Mithilanchal, so by encouraging its cultivation, it will also help in achieving the Government of India’s goal of doubling the income of farmers. Traders say that there is a great demand for Makhana Pop, Makhana Crunchy and Makhana Flour in the markets of the country, as it is called ‘Superfood’.
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