Yesterday, I happened to stumble upon a plant which was used as a source of natural fibre in this part of the country. In the local language, it is called GHUDRUM. Natural fibres such as jute, sunn hemp, mesta etc. are quite popular and a major source of agricultural revenue.
I could not find any more information about ghudrum in spite of searching the net.
Below are the snaps. I would appreciate if anybody could provide additional information.
|Seeds of the plant|
|Rope made from the fibre . . .|
Like the millets, the major advantage of this plant is that it needs less water. In the olden days, it used to widely used for all purposes that we use a coir rope or jute rope. It has fallen into disuse as processing it is quite energy intensive and there is no known mechanised processes as seen with jute or coir.
I wonder if this could be a good source of income generation for this impoverished region.
And I'm also yet to receive good information about kodo, the vanishing millet crop.