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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 1
First page : (395) Last page : (406)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6001

Buck Wheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) -A Neglected Crop of High Altitude Cold Arid Regions of Ladakh: Biology and Nutritive Value

Mushtaq Ahmad1*, Faizan Ahmad1, Eajaz Ahmad Dar2, Raies Ahmad Bhat1, Tahmina Mushtaq1 and Fozia Shah1
1Mountain Agriculture Research & Extension Station, Kargil
2 Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kargil
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar
*Corresponding Author E-mail: drmushtaqdarskuastk@rediffmail.com
Received: 16.11.2017  |  Revised: 22.12.2017   |  Accepted: 28.12.2017  


Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is one of the important unattended crops cultivated in the pockets of the high altitude temperate zones of Ladakh, jammu and Kashmir.  Buckwheat was one of the staple foods of Ladakhi people a few years ago. A most popular food item made from buckwheat flour in Kargil is known as kiseer or giziri, which is similar to plain dosa?  But now the situation of such nutritious crop is at the verge of extinction though it is of high medicinal and nutritive value. Reason behind this is unattended importance of research scientist, lack of high yielding variety that is the big reason farmers give preference to cultivate fodder crops and other food crops which gives high returns as compared to buck wheat. Nowadays, its cultivation and consumption have reduced drastically. The area under buckwheat in Ladakh has also reduced considerably. Keeping in view the nutritional quality of its grain and early maturity and suitability of the crop for marginal and degraded lands, there is a need to revive its cultivation in cold arid conditions of Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir).

Key words: Buck Wheat, Cold Arid, Biology, Nutritive value

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Cite this article: Ahmad, M., Ahmad, F., Dar, E.A., Bhat, R.A., Mushtaq, T. and Shah, F., Buck Wheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) -A Neglected Crop of High Altitude Cold Arid Regions of Ladakh: Biology and Nutritive Value, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(1): 395-406 (2018). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6001