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Start a Aloe Vera Cultivation Business
(25)Start a Aloe Vera Cultivation Business
Keeping in view, the blooming stage of Indian herbal industry and export potential, commercial cultivation of aloe vera can be very rewarding business in India.
Aloe Vera, often called The Miracle Plant, the Natural Healer, the Burn Plant, goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing medicinal herb has benefited mankind.
Aloe Vera has a lot of medicinal help hence, starting an aloe vera farm is indeed going to be a very prospering business.
Aloe vera is a semi succulent plant. As an ornamental plant they are widely known for their proven medicinal value. Each part of aloe vera has different medicinal implication. Hence, there is really more reasons to staring an aloe vera farm. Growing aloe vera is not that difficult. It is less sensitive to climate and less hard on maintaining at their best condition.
In deciding to start a farm, first thing to consider is the land. Is the land you are considering to transform into a farm has the soil good enough to cater the needs of the plant? Is the area appropriate for the temperature needs of the aloe vera? When the answers convince you more on pushing through with starting the aloe vera farm, and then do so.
Aloe vera usually grows in places where there is less possibility for reaching a very low temperature. Aloe vera enjoys warm places and survives the warmness due to their 95% water composition. This allows them to withstand temperate or even hotter climate. Aloe vera does not die due to thirst thus, it needs less supervision and watering. But this does not imply that water is minimally needed. You must know how occasionally they need it for them to grow at the right phase. Studying their conditions should be one of your priorities for you to be able to have the best aloe vera harvests.
When planted in warm location, make sure that they are positioned where there is enough sunlight or even in full and direct sunlight. Sunlight aids a lot in growing healthy aloe vera. The soil definitely plays a vital role in growing aloe vera. Soil must be fairly fertile which means that it is not so rich and not too dry or pale.
Although we are discussing farming here, it is also worth mentioning that aloe vera can be planted in pots. And in doing so, bear in mind that it requires well drained potting soil and it must be kind of sandy. You could start planting on pots and when you have acquired the appropriate knowledge on growing aloe vera, like becoming aware when they will need water and when they will need full sunlight and, then you may shift to aloe vera farming.
Growing aloe vera needs minimum amount of maintenance. Just provide them with the environment that they needed and sure enough that they will grow accordingly. One of the enemies of aloe vera is ants and thus, you should be keen on observing ants’ invasion on your farm.
Aloevera grows wild in some states and its cultivation is also done on limited scale in U.P., M.P. and Rajasthan in India. Recently, farmers in North India have begun taking up Aloe cultivation on large-scale because of high demand of Aloe. In order to ensure regular supply of fleshy leaves to the industries and users at reasonable price, it is essential that Aloe cultivation be taken up on commercial scale. However there is also very good scope for setting up field level pulp extraction and processing units attached to farms.
Manufacturers of Aloe Vera Products
Kapoor Herbal Products - India
Address: E – 15/24 Midc , Chikalthana, Aurangabad - 431005, Maharashtra India
Website : http://www.kapoorherbal.net/
Hoap Industries - India
Address: 105, C-205, Overseas Complex, Phase-v, Focal Point, Ludhiana, Punjab India
Website : http://www.aloeindustry.com/
The plant can be cultivated in dry climatic conditions, in poor soils without much care. The root system is shallow and does not penetrate deep into soil. They require sandy calcareous soil /loamy
soil with adequate drainage. Plants grow luxuriantly with moderate irrigation during dry season and with generous fertilization, leaves attain a full size within three years of planting. Temperature
requirement is 20-22° C.
For commercial cultivation the plants are propagated from shoots or root suckers. The plantlets are prepared under shade and high humidity. Suckers are planted in well- prepared field during June-
July in ridges. Plant to plant spacing should be 30-45cm, while row to row should be 60 cm. Typical number of plants/acre is 5000. Spraying water/water drip/light irrigation is sufficient. Organic
farming is more preferred and beneficial. Therefore, cow dung, wormy compost and biofertilizers like blue green algae/azolla are used. Chemical fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides should be