We have prepared for you another review of news about amaranth – a wonderful plant that gives people really valuable and healthy products – cereals, butter, flour.
Over the past few years, amaranth has become increasingly popular. This is no longer an exotic plant. Its products can be increasingly seen on store shelves. This article presents the latest news about amaranth in Ukraine.
Amaranth planted area will grow to 20,000 ha in 2020
According to the site “Superagron”, the total area of amaranth crops in Ukraine in 2020 will increase to 20,000 hectares. According to analysts, on a national scale, this is not so much, but it must be borne in mind that only three years ago, about 250 hectares were allocated for amaranth all over Ukraine. Therefore, today it can be argued that now in the country there is a real amaranth boom, but to call it the peak of the plant’s popularity will be wrong. It is likely that in the future the volume of crops will only grow.
However, today it is the most agribusiness-oriented investors who collect the most profits.
By the way! The world market of amaranth products is growing significantly. Every year, growth reaches 12%. Already, its volume has reached half a billion dollars!
The income per hectare of amaranth crops reaches 30 thousand hryvnias
As the head of the Ukrainian Association of Amaranth Producers Oleksandr Duda said in an interview with AgroPortal.ua, in 2020 the cost of one ton of amaranth seeds will amount to 20 thousand UAH. The average yield is 15 centners per hectare. That is, one hectare of sown area will bring farmers about 30 thousand hryvnias.
Also, Alexander Duda brought a lot of other interesting information in the context of 2019:
- the average cost per hectare amounted to 10,000 hryvnia;
- average yield – about 15 centners per hectare;
- in previous years, the cost of one ton of amaranth seeds reached 25,000 hryvnias.
According to the specialist, Ukrainian enterprises specializing in the processing of amaranth seeds adjusted to the above cost and ensured the profitability of their production.
Today, manufacturers are counting on a reduction in the price of 1 ton of seeds. Such expectations are due to the expected increase in supply in the core market. So, it is planned that the cost will decrease by about 20-25%. If in previous years it was 25,000 per ton of seeds, now it will be about 20,000.
Alexander Duda also notes the fact that, in general, the technology for growing amaranth is not so complicated, it can be mastered by almost any agricultural enterprise. The main thing is to adhere to the basic requirements:
- properly prepare the soil;
- observe the density of sowing.
According to him, amaranth is drought tolerant, and therefore there should be no problems with its cultivation. In addition, the plant provides the soil with nitrogen, nourishing it.
Also, in an interview with AgroPortal.ua, the head of the Ukrainian Association of Amaranth Producers told which products are made from the seeds of a plant – these are:
- vegetable oil;
- quick breakfasts;
- crackers and bakery products;
- pharmaceutical preparations;
- compound feed;
- and much more.
About 40 Ukrainian enterprises and companies are doing this today.
Ukrainian amaranth products are in demand in Western and European markets. This is due to its high quality.
By the way! In addition, about 30% of all amaranth in the country is grown in certified organic fields.
Ukrainian companies plan to enter not only the European market, but also the Asian one. In particular, the Chinese and Japanese markets
A unique superfood from heart disease and oncology
The publication RBC.UA, citing MedicForum, reports that amaranth has great benefits for the health of the cardiovascular system, is able to withstand diabetes, and also has anti-cancer properties.
This is due to the special “composition” of amaranth, which contains:
- unsaturated fats;
- unsaturated acids;
- and much more.
It is worth highlighting the presence of vegetable protein. So, in one glass of amaranth groats contains about 30 grams of high-quality vegetable protein, 15 milligrams of iron. Separately, it is worth noting the high content of lysine, other important amino acids.
All these substances help fight hypertension, ensure the health of the heart and blood vessels. Amaranth is used to make high-quality vegetable oil, flour, and cereal.
Amaranth Skin Oil
TSN website focuses on the quality and effectiveness of amaranth oil. Although it notes its other positive effects on the body:
- wound healing;
- antifungal effects.
In addition, amaranth oil has proven effective in the treatment of burns of various types, types – internal, external, thermal, electrical and others. Timely use of amaranth oil at the burn site will eliminate the formation of keloid scars.
External use of amaranth oil significantly improves the condition:
The internal use of amaranth oil helps to remove radionuclides. Also, effectiveness has been proven during chemotherapy and recovery after chemotherapy, radiation therapy.
Gluten-free amaranth groats
The online edition of New Time focuses on the fact that amaranth groats do not contain gluten. This is important for people who suffer from gluten intolerance. Amaranth groats, according to the authors of the article, can be used for cooking various foods:
- of bread;
- breakfast cereals;
- and others.
But they note that there are a number of diseases in which amaranth should be consumed with caution:
- problems with the pancreas;
- urolithiasis disease;
However, in general, it is a healthy and tasty cereal that provides the body with all the necessary minerals and nutrients, amino acids and vitamins.