Technical Assistance Services for Stevia Farming
Stevia Value Addition Chain
The success of stevia as a commercial crop is dependent on efficient integration of the plantation with its downstream processing and value addition until it reaches the ultimate consumers. Stevia value addition chain comprises the following components and revenue can be generated from several stages.
Major Advantage of Stevia as a Cash Crop
Stevia is a low-input environment friendly crop. The overall annual expenditure is less in comparison to short duration crops like vegetables and cereal crops.
It is a very resilient crop – not susceptible to most of the agricultural pest and diseases.
Offers higher revenue per unit area cultivated in comparison to tea or coffee.
Since Stevia is mostly cultivated under buy-back regime, it offers better visibility of future revenues.
It has high water use efficiency and can be farmed as non-irrigated rain-fed crop .
Stevia can be profitably farmed without intensive farm mechanization.
After harvesting, Stevia requires only minimal post harvest processing (sun-drying) to make it non-perishable.
The proposed extraction facility will ensure excellent value addition and will increase the export earning potential many fold
Key Success Factors for Commercial Stevia farming
Correct location specific variety
Own nursery for independent planting material production
Planned high density plantation
Optimum leaf production economy
Optimum steviol glycoside profile in leaves
Proper nutritional management
Efficient pest and weed management
Scientific post harvest processinhg
Basic Roadmap for a Farming Start Up
Identification of Farming Site on the basis of its suitability for Stevia farming
Making the master plan for the farming and post
Sourcing the cultivars and establishment of in-house planting material production facility
Field trials for identification of correct location specific cultivars
Large scale multiplication of the identified
Establishment of commercial plantation and post harvest facility
Available Technical Assistances
Dos and Don'ts for Stevia Farm Start Ups
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