Why grow Amaranthus crop:
- It requires less input to grow and can be grown by the rural poor
- It is easily harvested
- It is early maturing producing a lot of seeds/grains
- Highly tolerant to drought
- Highly nutritive with high quality proteins (lysine and methionine) and high levels of vitamins and dietary fibers.
- The Grain is highly palatable and can be used raw, cooked, popped or milled to flour.
- White or golden colored grains are recommended for consumption.
- Other uses include green leaves as vegetables, Amaranth oil extract and animal feed.
The yield is 50g/plant giving approx. 1900 kg/acre.
The average is 800 – 1200 kg / acre.