New Delhi: Lychee, a seasonal fruit it ready to knock the market. It has great
resistance power to fight corona because it increases immunity. A quality crop of
lychee, which is effective in developing corona resistant antibody, It is not only
ready but will soon hit the market. The lychee crop, rich in carbohydrates,
vitamins, calcium and micronutrients, will arrive in other markets including
metros in the country after one week. For the first time in the country, the farmer
is apprehensive about its value in view of the applicable lock down due to the
corona virus, but the administration and railways are ready to take all possible
steps for its transport. Vishal Nath, director of the National Lychee Research
Center Muzaffarpur, said that this year it is getting delayed by 10 to 15 days in
preparation of the lychee crop due to frequent rains and low temperatures.
Normally, the lychee crop used to come in the market from May 20, but this time
it is expected to hit the market by May 30. According to Dr. Vishal Nath, 100
grams of this fruit contains 16.5 grams of carbohydrates, 0.5 grams of protein,
171 mg of potassium, 10 mg of phosphorus, 71.5 mg of vitamin C, five
milligrams of calcium, omega 3 and 6, iron, sodium and many other ingredients.
About three lakhs a year in Bihar Neither lichee is produced. Of this, 40 percent is
consumed in metros while 38 to 40 percent is consumed in the markets of the
states. Some lichee is exported while five to six percent of lichee is processed.
This time around 15 percent lichee processing plan has been prepared. There is a
transport problem due to the lockdown due to which the farmer is apprehensive
about its good value.
Keeping in mind the apprehension of the farmers, the administration has held a
meeting with private transport agencies and railways. Transport agencies have
been assured of issuing special passes and coordination is being done with the
states in this regard. Railways have assured to run special trains. Along with this,
a plan has been prepared to send lychee to those places where lychee reaches
within 24 hours. Neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan have also drawn up
plans for greater lychee consumption. Dr. Vishal Nath said that 12-13 people have
been trained for lychee processing and they also have the necessary certificates
and licenses but they have capital problems. Some people also have the last year’s
stock. Capital is being arranged for such people. Efforts are also being made to
create lychee procurement centers at the block level so that farmers can be
provided fair price for their produce. Dr. Vishal Nath said that Corona is a new
problem, which should not be solved by deceit, but with mutual coordination and
open mind so that farmers can get fair price of lychee.