Vol. 5, Issue 6 (2020)
Potential of underutilized traditional cucurbits for contribution to food and nutritional security
Author(s): Monisha Rawat, Rupinderjeet Kaur, Annameti Sai Rishi, S Prakash, Gowshikkumar, Harpreet Singh
Abstract: Cucurbits are the key part of human diet and additionally they provide nutrients like vitamins and minerals. The development of cucurbits increased the production and it was possible due to the development of improved varieties and hybrids. The outstanding growth was contributed by the varieties of cucurbitaceous vegetables. In the agro climatic conditions of India, over sixty cucurbitaceous crops are widely cultivated. The crops which are not grown commercially on a large scale are known as underutilized crops. The minor cucurbits grown locally are well suited as they can withstand both biotic and abiotic stresses, yield more per unit area and can easily grow with low cost inputs. An attempt has been made in this paper to explore the diversity and potential of underexploited cucurbits, with special reference to provide nutritional and income support in rural areas as these not only can help to increase the employment and boost up the income of village areas but also contribute to the Indian economy.