Chive can be alternative to onion and garlic
SREEPUR, GAZIPUR, Oct 13: Chive is a spice crop and can be alternative to onion and garlic.
It originates in Siberian, Mongolian and North Chinese regions. It is one of the most popular spices in China like many other countries of the world.
In the hope that chive can be alternative to onion and garlic during crisis period, the scientists of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) released a high-yielding variety BARI Chive-1 in 2017, as its taste and quality is similar to onion and garlic.
Senior Scientific Officer of Regional Spice Research Centre Dr Md Nur Alam Chowdhury has been researching about chive for a long time. He said chive is commonly used in soup, salad and Chinese dishes in many countries across the world. Its leaves are Lillian shaped flat, the edge of the leaf is smooth and its bulb is long. Chive tastes like our native spices onion and garlic. Chive helps in digestion, controls disease and has cancer-resistant properties. Chive has Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, niacin, carotene and mineral ingredients.
Chive is generally cultivated in the hilly areas of Sylhet and Chattogram. Besides, onion producing areas, like Pabna, Faridpur, Rajbari, Kushtia, Meherpur, Magura, Bogura and Lalmonirhat have bright potential for chive farming. Once, chive is planted, it gives fruit for a long time. It also can be grown on homestead or in tub.
This scientist also said, "According to the data of BBS in 2017, our country annually produces 17.35 lakh metric tons of onion while the demand is 22 lakh MT. We have to import the remaining onions from abroad. If we can use chive instead of onion, it will reduce dependence on import. Also one of the specialties of chive is that it can be cultivated round the year."
Meanwhile, public and private organisations have taken initiatives to expand chive farming. The height of chive plant is up to 30 to 40 cm, and the length of the leaf is 23 to 30 cm. The length of the bulb is about 1 to 1.5 cm. At least 10 to 12 MT of the chive including plant and leaves grow in per hectare of land. The crop can be harvested after 60 to 70 days of the cultivation, and the yield can be collected four to five times in a year.
In this connection, Chief Scientist Officer of Regional Spice Research Centre under BARI, Gazipur Dr Shailendra Nath Majumder said, chive is an ideal crop as an alternative to onion and garlic. Its quality is better than onion and garlic. If chive can be widely cultivated in the country, it will be possible to meet the shortage of onion and garlic with it.