1. Success Story

This New Biofortified Carrot with High Beta-Carotene & Iron is Giving Profitable Business to Local Farmers

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher
Madhuban Gajar

Shri Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya, who is a farmer scientist from Junagadh district, Gujarat has developed a Madhuban Gajar. It is a biofortified carrot variety with high β-carotene and iron content.

This carrot variety is benefitting over 150 local farmers in the area. It is being planted in an area of more than 200 hectares in Junagadh, & the average yield, which is 40 to 50 t/ha, has become the main source of income to the local farmers.

The biofortified carrot variety is being cultivated in over 1000 hectares of land in Gujarat, and other states such as Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during the last 3 years.

Benefits of Madhuvan Gajar carrot variety:

It is a highly nutritious carrot variety which is developed through the selection method with higher β-carotene content (277.75 mg/kg) and iron content (276.7 mg/kg) dry basis.

Madhuvan Gajar uses:

This carrot variety is used for several value-added products like carrot chips, juices, and pickles. From all the varieties tested, beta-carotene & iron content were found to be in high quantity.

National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India, which is an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has conducted validation trials for this carrot variety at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI), Jaipur, between 2016 & 2017. In those trials, it was found that Madhuban Gajar carrot variety possesses a significantly higher root yield (74.2 t/ha) and also the plant biomass which is 275 gm per plant as compared to check variety.

The on-farm trials of the variety were held over 25 hectares of land by NIF in other states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana, Punjab and West Bengal which involved over 100 farmers. Here, the performance of the Madhuvan Gajar carrot variety was appreciated in terms of yield and its other properties.

How Madhuvan Gajar carrot variety was developed?

In 1943, Shri Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya, found that a local carrot variety was profoundly used for fodder for improving the quality of milk. Then, he selectively cultivated the same variety and sold this carrot in the market at a good price. From then, he, along with family, is working for the conservation & development of this high yield carrot variety.

His son, Shri Arvindbhai, takes care of the production and marketing of seeds and the average sale is about 100 quintals per annum. Almost 30 local seeds suppliers are involved for the seed marketing of the carrot variety throughout the country. The production of seeds has being under taken out by Shri Vallabhhai himself with a group of some local farmers.

Shri Vallabhhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya

Madhuvan Gajar benefitting local farmers:

Since the early years of the carrot development, Shri Vallabhhai has selected the best plants for seed production. He grew them in a small area for domestic consumption and also for marketing. Then later on, the demand for this carrot grew. After that, he started cultivation on a large scale during the 1950’s. He also began distributing the seeds to other farmers in his village, as well as adjoining areas in the 1970s. In 1985, the scientist farmer started selling the seeds on a large scale. The average yield of Maduvan Gajar is 40 to 50 t/ha and had been successfully cultivated in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan.

Padma Shri

Interestingly, Shri VallabhaiVasrambhai Marvaniya was conferred with a National Award by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi during Festival of Innovation (FOIN) in 2017. Adding more to it, he was also conferred with Padma Shri in 2019 for his extraordinary work in the field of carrot.

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