Barishal’s farmer cultivates medicinal Noni ...

Dhaka, Tuesday   27 October 2020

Barishal’s farmer cultivates medicinal Noni 

 Barishal Correspondent

 Published: 02:41 PM, 20 August 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The rare Medicinal Noni Fruit is being cultivated in Kasba village of Gournadi in Barishal, which is very effective for the human body and acts as an antidote for various diseases.

A youth named Habib Sardar of Kasba village has planted a garden of rare medicinal plants on 10 acres of land in where the first time Morinda citrifolia (Noni) has been found in the garden. Meanwhile, he is also preparing for commercial cultivation of the fruit. 

Many people have a belief that in the area where there are Noni orchards no disease is spread there. However, regular consumption of Noni fruit juice reduces the risk of cancer and tumors as well as eating this fruit reduces high blood pressure, increases physical strength, prevents inflammation and histamine. But such a beneficial fruit is rare in the country.

This fruit contains about 150 nutrients including Vitamin A, C, E, B, B-2, B-6, B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Folic Acid, Pantothenic acid, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper and other minerals.

Habib Sardar, a Noni farmer in Gournadi, said that he collected ripe Noni fruits from Malaysia three years ago. He made 47 saplings from it and planted them and at present, there are 23 trees. This is the first time that all the trees have borne fruit. Mr. Habib also talked to an herbal company, they will process all the fruits from here.

He said I will keep the fruit’s beech. I am making plots with 500 trees this year for commercial cultivation. It is possible to earn a lot of foreign exchange by cultivating Noni fruits in a planned manner in the climate of the country.

Nutritionist Elias bin Shawkat said research on Noni fruit is underway at more than 30 universities around the world. For more than two thousand years it has been used as a medicine of extraordinary power among the indigenous peoples of ancient Polynesia, China, Asia, Australia, and India. Even in modern times, the juice of this fruit has shown evidence of various improvements in the human body.