Despite of its huge health benefits, flaxseed or linseed (Alsi or Teesi) failed to enthuse farmers. In early 1990s, Flaxseed were cultivated in 10 lakh hectares and gradually declined to 3 lakh hectares in 2015-16 observed Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Several measures were adopted to attract the farmers towards the cultivation of this wonder crop.
“It is quite unfortunate that the farmers are retreating from the cultivation of flaxseed despite its growing demand” said B B Singh, ADG of ICAR. ICAR had taken up various projects in favour of the flaxseed culivation and to grow more to meet the increasing demand.
A value added centre was set up at Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, to pursue the basic and strategic research. It organised many conscientization programmes among the farmers of 16 flaxseed growing states about the high demand due to its huge health benefits.
Rich in nutrients which provide multiple health benefits and caters overall physical development-justifies scientists and nutritionists. Moreover fibre of the flax plant is used in textile. Linen is a natural fibre which is made from the stalk of flax plant which is widely used in textile industry. Even if it may not be imported as food or remedy, India have to import it for textile from Europe and Canada.