CUCUMBER – QUICK AND BEST INCOME GENERATING SHORT DURATION CROP
Cucumber makes your life rich . 120 days duration from seeding to harvest the cucumber produce greatest yield of 80-100 MT of fruits per acre . In green house cultivation the yield may even go upto 160 MT per acre and more important it starts producing yield in about 55-60 days after plating ..
@ sales price of Rs.25 per kg of cucumber it fetch you a seasonal income of Rs.20 to Rs.25 lac rupees( USD 29,400 to USD 36,764 ) per acre in just 4 months duration . Having originated in sub Himalayan region in India over 3000 years ago , it has India as home country and this fruits were liked very much by Greeks and Romans .The cucumber has been introduced into china from India and Columbus brought this cucumber into the new world .
The cucumber has great market opportunity in domestic as well as overseas market .The cucumber is also diuretic because of more water content in the fruits.It removes old waste and toxins from the body and regulate blood pressure and enhance nutrients function .It relax nerves and muscles . Also it eliminate uric acid from body thus helping arthritis patient.
Only select people in India are silently making huge money out of cucumber cultivation ..There are different cucumber cultivar cultivated for different consumption purpose like salad cucumber , pickle cucumber etc
Even if you could not afford to spend on costly infrastructure like green house , you can use shadenet house for the production of cucumber . @ the spacing of 0.9 M by 0.3 M you can grow around 15,000 plants per acre .Single plant will give you around 6-7 kgs of fruits ..
Trellising is needed for harvesting quality fruits . Pinching / Thinning of fruits is also another important practice followed in the harvest of first grade fruits for export market ..
“ Grow cucumber to make a quick money "