The company is involved in Stevia Cultivation
through the best practices, advanced techniques and high quality products. The Stevia Cultivation is handled by qualified experts, and the following aspects are duly considered :
- Soil Type & Land Preparation : Stevia plant grow best in rich, well drained soils like red and sandy loam soils. The soil should be of fine tilt and natural pH level. The land should be initially harrowed and then ploughed to break down the clods .The site should not be susceptible to flooding of or pudding. The raised bed should be of 15 cm (height) and 60 cm (width).The distance between two rows should be 40 cm and that between each plant 30 cm. This would give a plant population of around 20,000 to 25,000/per acre.
- Irrigation : Micro sprinklers/drip is the best method of irrigating Stevia plants to avoid damage by excessive levels of moisture. Frequent light watering is recommended during the summer months while during winter months as the bed starts loosing moisture.
- Fertilizers : Stevia plants responds well to fertilizers with lower nitrogen content than fertilizer with Phosphoric Acids or potash content. Most organic fertilizers would work well since they release Nitrogen slowly. Since the feeder roots of Stevia plant tend to be very near to the surface, it is a good idea to add Compost for extra Nutrients if the soil is Sandy .Sustainable FYM, Vermicomposts, Organic manure, organic growth promoters folier spray may be used as per recommended dose. Nitrogen application is a must for the production of dry matter and good harvest of leaves.
- De Weeding & Maintenance : There is no pest and disease incidence usually observed in this crop. In case any disease symptom is noticed, spraying of Neem oil diluted in water is the best organic method. Removal of weeds can be done manually. Since the crop is grown on raised beds, inter culture operations are easier by manual labor. Flowering of the plant should be avoided. Pinching of the apical bud would enhance bushy growth of the plant with side branches.
- Harvesting : First harvest can be made after 4-5 months while the subsequent harvest can be made every 3 months for 3 years. The plants are cut just before flowering as the sweetener in the leaf is the maximum at that time. Leaves are harvested by plucking in a small quantity or the entire plant with the side branches is cut leaving 10 to 15cm from the base. The expected yield would be 2700 kgs of dried leaves per acre.
- Post Harvest : The harvested branches are dried in shade and the dried leaves are stripped off from the branches. The dried leaves are powdered sieved and the fine powder is stored in containers.
- Marketing : Through buy back agreement we provide a platform to the farmers involved in organic cultivation which ensures assured return in time. Even farmers have not to go for selling of their crop as they have handsome buy back rates to work with. Thus our company provides direct sale / marketing facility to organic cultivators promoting them for scientific and organic farming.