Which village is known as ‘Aloe Vera village in Ranchi?

Dewri village in Ranchi is known as ‘Aloe Vera village’ after the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) motivated villagers to take up aloe vera plantation to boost their income. Aloe vera takes 18 months to grow fully and the first lot of leaves were sold profitably as aloe vera is in high demand for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. The villagers saw their income increase from Rs 3,000 per month from paddy cultivation to s 5,000-6,000 per month.

Villagers are happy with the increase in their income.

“Earlier, we used to earn around Rs 3,000 per month from paddy cultivation if we were able to get work for all the 30 days. However, this year, apart from working in paddy fields, we were able to boost our income by selling aloe vera leaves. Our income has increased between Rs 5,000 and 6,000 per month,” said Manju Kachyap, mukhiya of the Dewri village and a woman farmer.

Manju said out of the 90 families belonging to the Oraon tribe residing in their village, nearly 40 families had taken part in planting aloe vera.


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