Dragon fruit grown by farmers in Gujarat and West Bengal has been exported to the UK and Bahrain for the first time. Speaking on the occasion, the PM lauded the fact that the demand for ‘Kamalam’ born in India has increased to the UK and Bahrain.
New Delhi. Consignments of Dragon Fruit, rich in fiber and minerals obtained from farmers in Gujarat and West Bengal, were first exported to London, the United Kingdom and Bahrain to promote exports of foreign fruits. Dragon fruit is also called lotus in India.
The consignment of foreign fruits, which was exported to London, was received from the farmers of Kutch region and exported by the APIDA registered packhouse in Bharuch, Gujarat. While the consignment of Dragon Fruit exported to Bahrain was received from the farmers of West Midnapore in West Bengal and exported by APIDA registered enterprises in Kolkata.
It was first grown in India in 1990
Earlier in June 2021, a consignment of ‘Dragon Fruit’ was received from farmers of Tadasar village in Sangli district of Maharashtra and exported to Dubai by an APIDA accredited exporter. Dragon fruit was produced in India in the early 1990s and began to be grown as home gardens. Due to the high export value of ‘Dragon Fruit’, its popularity in the country has increased considerably in recent years and it has started being cultivated by farmers from different states.
There are mainly three varieties of dragon fruit
Fruit with white pulp with pink crust, red pulp with pink crust and white pulp with yellow crust. However, red and white pulp is generally preferred by consumers.
Production in India happening here
At present, Dragon Fruit is grown mainly in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. West Bengal is the new state, which has started cultivating this exotic fruit.
Know about dragon fruit
The scientific name of dragon fruit is Hyloseresundatus. Dragon Foot is grown mainly in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, USA and Vietnam and these countries are major competitors for Indian Dragon Fruit.
Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Dragon fruit requires less water for cultivation and can be grown in a variety of soils. Fruits contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The characteristic of this fruit is that it helps in repairing the cells damaged due to stress in a person and reducing the inflammation in the body and improving the digestive system. Since this fruit has lotus-like spikes and petals, it is also called ‘lotus’.
In a matter of mind, the PM had mentioned
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned the cultivation of dragon fruit in the dry region of Kutch in Gujarat in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program on All India Radio in July, 2020. He also congratulated the farmers of Kutch for cultivating fruits to make India self-sufficient in the field of production. The Prime Minister’s dream came true when fruits were exported to Britain and Bahrain.
Apida is trying to export dragon fruit to other European countries, so that farmers can get better prices for their produce. In order to promote the export of agricultural and processed food products by APEDA, emphasis is laid on infrastructure development, quality development and market development. In addition, the Commerce Department also supports exports through various schemes such as trade infrastructure for export planning, market access initiatives, etc.