Honey plant is also known as stevia and sweet basil. Due to the increasing number of diabetic patients, the demand for stevia is also increasing continuously. Honey plant is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Its sweetness can be increased up to 200 times by processing. Even after being so sweet, it does not harm the diabetic patients. Its consumption also controls the amount of glucose in the blood, so it is also beneficial for people who are obese. Farmers can fill the sweetness of profits in their lives by cultivating it.
Stevia can be sown once and crop can be obtained for 5 years.
It can be cultivated all over India.
Fields with sandy soil of 6.5 to 7.5 pH are considered best for honey plant cultivation.
It is harmful to the crop in extreme cold and summer heat.
For a good crop of Stevia, the temperature should be 15 to 30 degrees.
Harvesting is started when the plants have a height of 15 to 20 cm from the ground.
The first harvesting is done about 3 - 4 months after planting the plants. Farmers can harvest it 3 to 4 times in a year.
Its leaves are cut and dried in the shade. Dry leaves can be sold in the market at the rate of about 200 rupees per kg.
One hectare of land gives 60-65 quintals of dry leaves.
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