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    Jun 28th, 2024

    Sesame crops cultivated under rain-fed conditions due to continuous monsoon rains have produced a bumper crop. Farmers are hopeful that this year the price of sesame will rise to Rs 15,000 per quintal. "Sesame" is a medicinal herb that is widely used in food and medicine. Sesame is a versatile plant that can grow 2 to 3 feet tall and is a natural plant in the forests of offshore islands such as Java. It also has the name 'Tilam'. It is from this that the oil got its name 'Ointment'. Sesame seeds have a slightly bitter astringent taste that turns sweet when digested. Sesame leaves, flowers, pods and seeds all have medicinal properties. Although there are many varieties of sesame seeds, both black and white sesame seeds are widely used . 40% of the land in its surrounding area of Periyakulam district with such medicinal properties is being used for rainfed agriculture. In these rain-fed lands, farmers cultivate rain-fed crops such as sesame, corn, rye, sorghum, green crops, cowpeas, and cowpeas during the southwest monsoon and northeast monsoon seasons. This year, the farmers were using the monsoon rains to cultivate a large amount of sesame in rain-fed agriculture. Farmers are more involved in sesame farming because this sesame crop is ready for harvesting in short days of 70 days. At present, due to continuous south-west monsoon rains, the sesame crops cultivated in monsoon have achieved a good yield, so the farmers are confident that the farmers who have cultivated sesame this year will get a price increase of up to 15,000 rupees per quintal.