Raagi – popularly known as Madua in the Jharkhand state is not a regular presence in the daily meal in the state. It is however not an alien item, and, this crop is widely used during the Jeeta Parab, held about two weeks prior to Durgapuja when rotis made of Madua flour is shared.
Raagi has a great potential as a crop for staple food as it requires very less water to cultivate and most of the state being under perpetual drought condition, Raagi cultivation is the need of the hour.
Years back Madua or Raagi was one the crops in many places in the state, but by the advent of various hybrid crops Raagi took a back seat. More over Raagi needs no chemical pesticides or manure, and, can ideally cultivated in an organic way.
Swadhina has undertaken a programme to propagate Raagi cultivation in some villages in Ghatsila and Mosaboni Blocks in East Singbhum district in Jharkhand state.
A good start has been on 16th February, 2018 when seeds have been sowed in seed-beds in 13 locations in Amai Nagar, Kadamdih, Benasol & Fouji Bastee villages.
Raagi seeds sowed in
Benasole and Fouji Basti
2.Mongla Dhani Tuti
Kadamdih and Amainagar
10. Karmi Kisku
11.Rekha rani Bhakat
The next step is a two day training programme for these friends and some of their interested neighbours to be held in the first week of March 2018 – one day class-room session ,and, one day hands-on orientation when they will actually plant the seedlings in their plot of lands.
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