Tamarind price shoots up; Rs 30 for 1kg leaves, Rs 190 for fruit
Thrissur: As the price of tamarind leaves shot up to Rs 30 per kilogram, the tamarind farm owners in Tamil Nadu are earning well from their customers in Kerala. Tamarind farms in Tamil Nadu are maintained aiming at the Ayurveda medicine manufacturers in Kerala.
Tamarind tree attains full growth within seven years. About 25 kilo leaves can be collected from the tree every day. With this, they can earn Rs 750 per day. As leaves can be harvested in any season, profit is ensured throughout the year.
Leaf, root as medicine
Tamarind leaf is a main ingredient in Kottam Chukkadi oil, a Ayurvedic medicine. The medicines are prepared using tamarind wood as firewood in the oven. The raw wood of tamarind costs Rs 5.50 and is bought by medicine manufacturers.
Root of tamarind also fetches good price. Dry roots costs Rs 30 per kilogram. Tamarind fruit is sold for upto Rs 190 per kilogram in the market. Tamarind does not drop its leaves in any season and flourishes even in dry weather. Also it does not need irrigation and fertilisers.
Tamarind saplings are available for free from the Forest Research Institute and the National Medicinal Plants Board. Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturers Organisation general secretary Dr. D Ramanathan said that tamarind farming has huge scope in Kerala and the barren lands here should be utilised for it.
Added in jams and lipstick
Red tamarind is used for making lipsticks that are not hazardous for health and to give colour to jams. The peel of tamarind is used for making ash in Tamil Nadu, said Dr. Kannan C S Warrier of the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding.