Farmers have been growing the crop, which was previously regarded as a common weed, to make quick and good money after the initiative, combined with the health benefits of the grains. Amaranth grains are one of the grains recommended for fortification, and farmers have been growing the crop, which was previously regarded as a common weed, to make quick and good money after the initiative, coupled with the health benefits of the grains.
According to a research, amaranth grains contain 12-13 percent protein, which is greater than most cereal grains, making it the world's most desired grain.
The grains are high in fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron, as well as critical micronutrients, making them ideal for cancer and diabetes patients, according to nutritionists. It can be used to make both animal feed and skin care products.
Grain amaranth is presently available in two primary varieties: short and tall, which are most suited to places with low and high rainfall, respectively. Early maturing (short) types need 45–60 days to reach maturity, whilst late maturing (tall) kinds take 70–120 days.
The two drought-tolerant genotypes can produce 800–1200 kilos per acre on average, with local enterprises processing and selling grain amaranth products for Sh200–300 per kilo.
This equates to up to Sh360,000 in 45-120 days, depending on the type a farmer chooses to grow.
Three to four seeds should be placed in a shallow hole with a 75cm by 25cm spacing during planting.
As a direct rival to maize flour, amaranth flour has a huge advantage: it already contains so many nutrients that it does not require fortification, making it a more cost-effective and healthier option.
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