AMLA or Indian gooseberry has weathered the adverse climate this year allowing the drought to make little impact on its yield levels, say horticulturists.
The increasing demand for the fruit, particularly in ayurvedic preparations, has enthused growers in Tamil Nadu to take to the cultivation of plant.
Amla Known for its cooling, diuretic and laxative properties, the dried amla fruit is useful in treating haemorrhage, diarrhoea and dysentery.
It is said to be an important constituent of triphala, an ayurvedic formulation used as laxative and treating biliousness. It is used as detergent and shampoo as well. Although these medicinal properties of the dried amla fruit are not new, commercial cultivation of the plant has begun taking shape only in the last three to four years.
Mr Atul said about 30,000 kg of amla was exported during the last two months and there was a demand for more. ``We are now despatching about 500 kg on a weekly basis from this belt to Singapore and Malaysia. There is demand for fruit from the European countries too,'' he said.
Exports are taking place in a small way, though not directly by the growers. Most of the plants were relatively young (less than 3 years) and hence they were unable to meet the demand, he said.Besides, amla has also been identified as a good alternative wasteland crop apart from sapota, mango, acid lime and sweet oranges Realising the growth potential and the export demand for the fruit, the fruit growers' association has sought the help of the Rajasthan Government for provision of basic infrastructure facilities as irrigation system for the community and cooperative loans assistance for installing drip irrigation systems.
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