More

    Prime Minister commended farmers of Kutch for cultivation of Dragon fruit in Mann Ki Baat

    Must Read

    Covid 19 cases reached 11192 in Vadodara after 125 new cases on Friday

    Total 109 discharged from hospital taking the total to 9449 Covid 19 cases in...

    Schaeffler India signs MoU with TISS to impart skills training to youth for employability

    350 graduating students from underprivileged background in Vadodara will receive skills training in line with UN-acknowledged...

    Vadodara fire brigade conducted mock drill at Central Bus terminal

    Vadodara fire bridge conducted a mock drill at Central bus terminal on Friday to spread awareness about...

    Harmanbhai, an experimental farmer from Dabhoi taluka cultivating this exotic fruit since 2016

    In Sunday’s Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister has lauded the efforts of Kutch farmers for successfully cultivate the foreign dragon fruit. He said that the farmers of Kutch are committed not to import this fruit which is becoming popular in snacks. The decision is a passion for self-reliance.

    It is worth mentioning that Harman Bhai Dahyabhai Patel, an experimental farmer from Mota Habipura village in Dabhoi taluka of Vadodara district, has been cultivating this exotic fruit in the form of a new horticulture experiment since 2016. He cultivate almost entirely pure using organic manure, and plant-derived nectar. As a result, the fruit from his farm is almost sold in the local market and customers buying them from home. Inspired by this experiment, farmers of Bhilapur and Berampura in Dabhoi taluka have recently started cultivating dragon fruit on experimental basis.

    Expressing his feeling that such farming experiments can be done and have success if there is determination in the mind, Harman Bhai said, he had tried to cultivate oil palm but failed. Without losing hope he experimented with dragon fruit farming as a new venture. He also had success after watched various videos and saw a farmer from Nandurbar in Maharashtra did Dragon fruit farming.

    Farmers has the urge to take various measures to get success in their crops. Giving details of his farming Harmanbhai said, this fruit does not tolerate temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and is prone to damage. Temperatures remain high in Kutch and Jamnagar but windmills in these areas gives the required cooling for the plants.

    However he was in dilemma as there was no such facility in his area. As a solution, he experimented with sprinkling sour buttermilk on the roots to keep the plants cool in high temperature environment and the plants were spontaneously protected. To a large extent, he use only organic manure made from cow dung which satisfies the need of both manure and pesticide. However he forced to use pesticides after the plant is found to be infested with military caterpillars during the dry season. 

    He says, red, yellow and white are the three types of dragon fruit, but the red are is more in demand because of the sweetness. He has planted 2000 plants in three and a half acres of land.  July to December is the fruiting season and with proper care, a plant bears 15 to 20 kg of fruit per year. These plants are grown with the support of cement pillars.

    Dr. Smita Pillai, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department Vadodara said,  an experimental tribal farmer from Narmada district has also been cultivating dragon fruit and the Horticulture Department has taken note of these experiments.

    This exotic fruit is thus the product of the thorny plant. At one time such thorns were used to make farm fences. Our experimental farmers have adopted such thorns as a fruit crop and placed it in the middle of the field. By adopting this new farming with self-motivation, they have shown the way towards self-reliance.

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Latest News

    Fire broke out early morning at Sainath Complex near Tarsali Lake in Vadodara

    No casualties reported as fire brigade control the fire in time A fire broke...

    Schaeffler India signs MoU with TISS to impart skills training to youth for employability

    350 graduating students from underprivileged background in Vadodara will receive skills training in line with UN-acknowledged NUSSD program

    Vadodara fire brigade conducted mock drill at Central Bus terminal

    Vadodara fire bridge conducted a mock drill at Central bus terminal on Friday to spread awareness about taking precautions during fire incidents.

    CHARUSAT initiated first ever self-powered virtual lab for practical knowledge and research amidst COVID-19 pandemic situation

    In this Covid 19 pandemic situation all the students of schools, colleges and universities are studying from home as online education becomes...

    Jio adds 17k fiber connections in first month of unlock in Gujarat

    In Gujarat JioFiber had over 1.54 lakh users by end of June Lockdown that started from last week of...

    More Articles Like This

    - Advertisement -