Economic Benefits of Growing Indigo Plants for Farmers
Cultivating Indigo and extracting the pigment or dye can be attractive for local farmers. Costs of Indigo cultivation are almost similar to that of leguminous crops except for the difference in the costs of seeds.
Profound Benefits of Indigo Plant:
- Indigo Plants can be cultivated thrice a year. Its harvests are carried out in the months of March, June, October. Therefore, its availability is throughout the year.
- Plant biomass yields make up 1-2 tons/hectare.
- Low cost and simple extraction process of natural dye pigment.
- Farmers can buy Indigofera seeds at a discounted rate since the seeds are subsidized by governments.
- Indigo plant raises a soaring demand as a dye in the textile and hair coloring applications.