[size=140][font=trebuchet ms]Hi all, its nice to hear about Quinoa at FARMNEST forum.
We, along with Dr. Vinod Goud, working on this SUPERGRAIN.
Yes, its a new age crop brought from old age. In 2011 itself we are able to brought handful of seeds from Peru via USA. Then, we got some good quantity of seeds. We tried it in Sadashivpet and Zaheerabad in 2012 itself. We failed in our efforts in all means. But we never disappointed. With added energy, we put more efforts to continue the trails. We continued this in 2013 and 2014 and we are able to scale it up to more acres. Thanks to many small scale farmers, who supported us without expecting any returns and cultivated quinoa for us. Most of trail plots are not more than 1/2 acre.
We got good results in Jadcherla, Gadwal and most parts of Anantapur district. Its a best crop in Rabi in entire Telangana. If irrigation facility is there, it can be done in rain shadow areas of Telanagana. In Mahaboobnagar, Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadapa and Chottor districts it can be cultivated round the year with irrigation support. With low cost drip irrigation facility we got around 4.5 quintols/acre. This year we are extending this trail to Hiriyur/Sira area of Karnataka in two trail plots.
In 32 acres, we cultivated through a group of farmers located in different parts of AP & Telangana, in 2014, we lost the crop in 21 acres due to bad rains. But this year, we got good seed in quantities for further expansion.
In last two years, we are able to standardise the total agronomy practices. We recorded our observations on suitable seasons, suitable soils, seeds, cultivation practices, fertiliser management etc. We are able to organise all information on quinoa (Pronounced it as Keenva) step by step from sowing to harvesting.
We hope that in 6 - 8 months, we are in a position to provide total solutions to the farming community. Now we are working on business model. Our website supergrainquinoa.com [inactive] will be online by mid of Feb or end Feb. We felt that this is the right time to share.
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