Price of dried drumstick leaf powder touches Rs 10,000
Thrissur: Along with skyrocketing price of drumstick, the rate of dried drumstick leaf powder also is increasing steadily. Powder of tender drumstick leaves dried in shade without losing its colour costs upto Rs 10,000 per kilogram.
Indian drumstick leaf powder is of high demand in foreign market. The price soars due to the high demand and lack of availability. The price of ripe leaf powder has touched Rs 6000. Drumstick leaf powder is sold as a medicine in the market.
It is believed that drumstick leaf water is ideal for treating liver disease, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. Also the water mixed with drumstick leaf powder is used as an energy drink. Drumstick leaf powder is a popular food supplement outside India.
Sale of drumstick leaf powder in small packets has become common in Kerala as well. Earlier, 70 grams of drumstick leaf powder was available at a price of Rs 100 whereas Rs 500 is charged for mere 50 grams now.
Drumstick farming was widely damaged in the southern districts during the flood havoc and this affected the availability of drumstick leaf and caused the price hike.