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India’s first monk fruit production exercise begins in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu

‘Monk Fruit’ from China, known for its properties as a non-caloric natural sweetener, was introduced to field trials Himachal Pradesh by the Council at Palampur Institute of Scientific Research and Industrial Technology Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) In Kullu. Field trials have begun three years after CSIR-IHBT imported its seeds from China and grew it at home.

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50 saplings were planted in the fields of Manav Khullar, a progressive farmer of Raisan village and CSIR-IHBT signed a ‘Material Transfer Agreement’ with Manav. The economic benefits of the new crop are estimated to be between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh per hectare. This plant prefers a mountainous area with an annual mean temperature of about 16-20 °C and humid conditions.

Important facts for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Himachal Pradesh: Bandaru Dattatreya;
  • Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh: Jai Ram Thakur.

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