LAKHIMPUR: A Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) member of Dhakuakhana has drawn the attention of the media by farming sunflowers for commercial purposes. By executing the unique venture in the agriculture sector, Hemanta Das, the Anchalik Panchayat (AP) member of the Mornoi Gaon Panchayat under Ghilamora Development Block in Lakhimpur district, has set an example for the unemployed youths of the State with potential.
The inhabitant of Koupatoni village under the Mornoi Gaon Panchayat, Hemanta Das has grown an agro-farm at Khona Chapori, which is not easily accessible, on the bank of the River Korha under Dhakuakhana constituency. In that farm, the PRI member has cultivated mustard in 26 bighas of land, potato, and pumpkin in four bighas of land while he has farmed sunflower in three bighas of land for the first time.
With the farming of the exceptional crops, Hemanta Das created a sunflower valley on the bank of the river. He could harvest 15 quintals of onion, cultivating it in only one bigha of land with the seeds supplied by the Agriculture Department. Hemanta Das said that sunflower farming could be done like the cultivation of mustard. “Nutritional oil can be secreted from sunflower as it is done from mustard. More amount of oil can be attained from one kilogram of sunflower seeds than the same amount of mustard seeds. The market value of sunflower oil is more than that of mustard oil. So sunflower farming is more beneficial than mustard cultivation. The weather of Dhakuakhana is suitable for sunflower farming,” he added.
The unemployed youths and the farmers of the State can be more benefitted with sunflower farming as it has a tremendous market value. As per agriculture experts, a sunflower is an amazingly versatile crop with a fascinating history. There is a large market for sunflower for vegetable oil production.