About the Practice

Forty year old Nagjibhai Bachubhai Rathore of Bhavnagar district uses the fruits of ingoria (Balanites roxburghii) to induce flowering in brinjal 476 (Solanum melongena) and chilli (Capsicum annuum). When brinjal and chilli plants are weak, insufficient flowering occurs. Nagjibhai collects 50-60 ingoria fruits which he soaks in water for 24 hours. Then he removes the skin of the fruits and prepares an extract from it. He mixes 250 ml of this extract in 10 l of water. The number of sprays required depends on the crop population and their stage of growth. Usually, two to three sprays are required for attaining good results. Nagjibhai has been following this traditional practice for two decades. The practice has always resulted in profuse flowering and hence increased production.

About the Innovator

Knowledge Provider / Innovator: Nagjibhai Bachubhai Rathore,
Agro-Ecological Zone: Central Highlands (Malwa), Gujarat Plain (5.1)
Address: Vanot
District: Bhavnagar
State: Gujarat
PIN Code 364530

Practice Details

Crop: Brinjal and Chilli
Crop Family: Solanaceae
Crop Scientific Name: (Solanum melongena), (Capsicum annuum)
Crop Vernacular Name: Baigan, Mirch
Formulation: Fruits soaked in water for 24 hours then skin of the fruits are removed and extract is prepared.
Ingredients: Fruits of Ingoria (Balanites roxburghii)

PAS 1:

"Our study has demonstrated a new class of non-edible feedstock Balanitis roxburghii as a potentially “Environmental Friendly Fluid”. { International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry
p-ISSN: 2165-882X .
e-ISSN: 2165-8846 2016; 6(3): 109-114

PAS 2:

Phytochemicals and antioxidant activity of fruits of 30 B. aegyptiaca trees naturally growing in the hyper-arid and arid zones in Mauritania were evaluated by following standard procedures. Ethnobotanical uses of fruit pulps and kernel were assessed using a structured questionnaire. (Balanites aegyptiaca) fruit pulp is a good source of sugars (33 g/100 g dry matter (DM)), polyphenols (264 mg GAE/100 g DM) and flavonoids (34.2 mg/100 g DM) with an average antioxidant activity of 519 µmol TEAC/100 g DM. The fruit kernel is rich in lipids (46.2 g/100 g DM) and proteins (29.5 g/ 100 g DM). Fruits from the hyper-arid zone exhibited high level of polyphenols, antioxidant activity and soluble tannins. Almost all of the informants (97.14%) reported the use of fruit pulp in folk medicine to treat diabetes, while 72.86% reported using the fruit pulp to treat hypertension. Kernel oil is mainly employed as ointments in the treatment of paronychia (57.14%) and dermal infections (35.71%). The predominant methods for preparing/administering fruit pulp/Kernel were maceration (58.8%), sucking fruit pulp (25.7%) and decoction (24.2%). Balanites aegyptiaca fruit contain both nutritional and health-promoting phytochemicals that could be of interest in the development of strategies for sustainable use of this neglected indigenous fruit tree. Phytochemicals, Antioxidant Activity and Ethnobotanical Uses of (Balanites aegyptiaca L.) Del. Fruits from the Arid Zone of Mauritania, Northwest Africa"

GIAN Reference: GIAN/UAL/376 - Practice ID:

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