English: Cultivation of Methi (Fenugreek) in India
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Ravi Khemka 2010
English: Methi Farmers of Versova. The Methi (Fenugreek) farmers have been cultivating on Versova Beach for more than three decades. They mostly hail from Uttar Pradesh and are a resilient lot. Despite a High Court Order in 1997 and opposition from a range of civic authorities, the show goes on.
English: A farmer casting his Methi (Fenugreek) seeds on a smoothed and raised bed of sand. The beds have moon-like sandy craters in between so that their centre can be accessed without stepping on the sprouts.
English: The yellow soaked methi (fenugreek) seeds are covered with a thin layer of sand soon after the sowing is over
English: The Methi (Fenugreek) sprouts are watered every morning and then covered with dried coconut fronds to shelter them from the direct glare of the sun.
English: This well is used to draw "sweet" water which is used for methi (fenugreek) cultivation on Versova Beach.
English: The time for Methi (Fenugreek) from sowing to harvesting sprouts is 5 days.
English: The Methi (fenugreek) sprouts are harvested into small clumps, each of which is sold for 50 paise in the wholesale markets of Dadar and Vashi.