How arrowroot can bring you fortune; a lady farmer tells her success saga
Though the health benefit of arrowroot (Koova in Malayalam) is widely known, many people are unaware of its cultivation methods. Malappuram Edavanna Chembakuthu native Jumaila Banu is of the opinion that careful maintenance of arrowroot will fetch you good profit. She has been cultivating arrowroot for the past six years.
Jumaila has been growing arrowroot in a five-acre land taken on lease in Thiruvali panchayat for three years. Earlier, she was cultivating it near Kozhikode Medical College premises. When she shifted to Edavanna, she could not stop farming.
Arrowroot should be planted in May-June months. Tuber can be harvested in December-January. Normally, pest menace does not affect this crop. Also, the soil type in the region is suitable for arrowroot, Jumaila Banu said.
As cultivation begins by the onset of monsoon, she does not irrigate the plants till harvesting. At least five tonnes of arrowroot can be harvested from one-acre land. Rs 50 and more can be earned per one-kilogram arrowroot.
A minimum profit of Rs 2.5 lakh can be earned from one acre. Only half of the amount is required to meet the expenses, she said. Jumaila has been selling arrowroot to a company called ‘Arrowroot’ for six years.
Major threat for the cultivation is the attack of boars. In order to tackle this issue, Jumaila has set up solar fencing around her farm to keep boars at bay.
Arrowroot tuber is cleaned and powdered to make a number of traditional delicacies. A rich source of nutrients, arrowroot is known to improve metabolism, blood circulation, heart health and immunity.