22nd February 2019, Hyderabad: Chevella Farms, a social enterprise born out of a vision to help farmers and create employment for rural women introduces Nopales Cactus, a valuable crop, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas. The event was graced by Shri Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, Entrepreneur & Member of Parliament from the Chevella constituency, Telangana along with other dignitaries.
As per a research report, Ranga Reddy District is apt for growing this dry land plant as it need minimal water & no fertilizers. Chevella Farms aims to encourage through this venture, dry land crop growth and providing alternative livelihood options for the farmers who can gain from the increasing popularity of this dry land crop.
Chef Viraf Patel & Mixologist Pankaj Ahire have used this innovative product and have gotten a menu crafted for this special occasion using the Nopales Cactus. From innovative dishes like Prawn & Cactus Ceviche to Spicy Isan style cactus pad curry with rice, the chef showcased a delicious menu.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vishweshwar Reddy, Hon'ble Member of Parliament said "Nopales Cactus is a delicacy in Mexico, Italy, Spain & other dry land countries. It has significant health benefits It is an antioxidant, it lowers cholesterol & helps control diabetes. As a crop it does not require fertilizers or pesticides or even water. It is a hope for farmers of Chevella Parliament constituency which is arid and has very little chance for irrigation water". The Cactus pads would soon be brought to market in the coming months.