Makhana or Gorgon nut is cultivated in the stagnant pools of Northern Bihar,
Uttar Pradesh, Lower Assam, Manipur, Orissa, .Jammu and Kashmir etc. Its wild
varieties are also found in Bangala Desh, Japan, China, Russia etc. The Makhana-
fish combined cultivation provide sustenance to thousand of members of the
fishing community. Makhana has nutritional and medicinal properties, and
generates scope of improving cottage industries. Therefore, as there is a great
export potential of this crop. The government of India has launched, several
schemes on the crop. It is high time that steps were taken to boost our country’s
economy by harnessing its natural resources to the optimum.
The harvest of makhana from the beds is an arduous task performed traditionally
by fishing community. Thousand of stagnant pools spread over northern and
north- eastern India and abroad hold a great promise in this direction. The
integration of ‘makhana‘ with fish culture will definitely enhance the aquatic
productivity, which will alleviate the income and economic conditions of the
resources among poor farmers of the region. It is expected that this effort would
fill in the gap existing in this field and shall be able to attract attention of the
upcoming research workers, social scientist, agricultural scientists and planners
Author Prof. Meera Mishra
Served as Professor and Head of the Univ. Dept. of Sociology, L.N.M.U.,
Darbhanga out of which served as Univ. Professor twenty years and total teaching
experience thirty nine years in Lalit Narayan University, Darbhanga Bihar.
Achieved seven medals of her credit which includes ‘Mother Teresa Global
Award’, ‘Indira Gandhi Award and Gold Medal’, Best Personality of India Award’,
‘Best Indian Educationist Award’, ‘World Medal of Honour’, ‘Dronacharya Award’.
The book published entitled, “Samajik Paribartan Evam Bhartiya Nari”. Conducted
U.G.C. research Project on Makhana. Fifteen research papers at national and
International repute have been published of credit. Served as Member of
Academic Council, L. N. Mithila Univ., Darbhanga. Twelve students awarded Ph.D.
degree under supervision."
Author- Prof. Saket Kushwaha
Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi Univ., Arunachal Pradesh and former Vice-
Chancellor, Lalit Narayan Mithila Univ., Darbhanga, Bihar. Agriculture Economics ,
Agribusiness Management, Professor of Agriculture Economics (African and Indian
Universities). Member Board of Management in JNKVU, Jabalpur, Member
Governing Council, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. Member
Standing Committees (AIMS) Patna, Bihar, Academic Council AIMS, Patna.