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Diversified and fascinated food habit of the people especially in Western countries evolved several new plant types. Com has its own potential in various industries, now extended to vegetable market too. Baby corn, a wonders of wonder crop has immense potential, capable of fetching a net profit of Rs. 50,000 within 75 days, with the possibility of 2-3 crops in a year. This high value crop has good export market. There is also a considerable lack of understanding on baby com and its growth, botany, production aspect, marketing and its uses in India. This book is a compendium of baby com from sowing to harvest with special reference to the agro-climatic and socio economic conditions in India. This book is consistently readable and clear. It contains great deal of information but it avoids unnecessary jargon and should appeal to a wide audience. This is supported by the data presented in table wherever possible for easy understanding. The knowledge and experience gained by the authors in baby com crop during intense research programme has helped in unified presentation of the basic theory and also the practical aspects on the crop. The relevant research findings on baby com in India are also presented in appropriate chapters. The chapters, post harvest handling and marketing of baby com are elaborately presented for the benefit of exporters. Baby com recipes chapter is meant for the consumers' satisfaction. The cost returns were worked out based on the local prices for knowing the feasibility of the crop.
This book is intended as valuable reference to agricultural students, scientists and all field workers who are growing baby corn. It will also be useful to the farmers, estate owners, food industries and others dealing with baby corn. Citations are given in the text itself to the maximum extent possible to ease the readers. At the end of the book, a list of references has been given from which the most of the materials in the book has been drawn for their further reference. In few cases, it has not been possible to obtain permission for reproduction and the authors offer their sincere apologies. The authors are indebted to several individuals and organizations for the supply of the useful material. The authors also acknowledge the support and encouragement by their family members and.relatives and help rendered by friends during the preparation of the manuscript.
N.THAVAPRAKAASH K. VELAYUDHAM V.B.MUTHUKUMAR
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