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Ideal seed rate for fennel cultivation is 3-4 kg per acre, Spokesperson Agriculture Department

Fennel (Saunf) is an aromatic plant crop which is commercially cultivated as an annual herb. Till 20th November farmers are instructed to use 3-4 kg seed for per acre land. The distance between two rows should be kept 1.5 ft. while plant to plant distance should not be less than 9 inches, so that the germination can occur smoothly. They said that fennel is one of the most important medicinal plant. Because it is not only used in different medicines but it is also used for livestock to increase the milk production, as it stimulates milk secretion.

Moreover, they said fennel can be cultivated in all types of soil that are rich in organic matter. Best soil for fennel cultivation is loamy soil containing lime. Proper drainage is also an important requisite for commercial cultivation of fennel crop. Before the cultivation 3-4 ploughing should be done. Production can be increased up to 25 percent by the application of 3-4 cart farmyard manure per acre. Fennel can be broad casted or it can be sown in lines. For complete germination 10-12 days are required. After the germination, when the plants are 5-6 inches tall, then first irrigation should be done, while if the crop is broad casted and bar harrow is used for smoothing out the surface and then water is applied after levelling the soil and it gives a better production.

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