Farmers of Maharashtra Exported Their First Consignment of Dragon Fruit To Dubai


Our Bureau Sangli farmers, known for the cultivation of sugarcane, grapes, pomegranates, and turmeric, have added one more feather to their cap. After exporting grapes to the Gulf for several years, now farmers here have exported fiber and mineral-rich ‘Dragon Fruit’ to Dubai, reported ET.

“A consignment of Dragon Fruit for exports was sourced from the farmers of Tadasar village, Sangli district, Maharashtra, and it was processed and packed at APEDA recognized exporter – M/s Kay-Bee,” the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement.

Dragon Fruit also referred to as Kamalam, is grown in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, the US, and Vietnam. Its production commenced in India in the early 1990s, the government said. It has also become increasingly popular in recent years in the country as it has been taken up for cultivation by farmers across various states.

At present, dragon fruit is grown mostly in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Its cultivation requires less water and can be grown in various kinds of soils.

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There are three main varieties of dragon fruit: white flesh with pink skin, red flesh with pink skin, and white flesh with yellow skin. Farmers from Sangli have been experimenting with the cultivation of dragon fruit. Some farmers transport their produce to other States. But with the opening of the export channel, Sangli farmers are elated.

The fruit contains fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can help in repairing the cell damage caused by oxidative stress and reduce inflammation, and also improving the digestive system. Since the fruit has spikes and petals resembling a lotus, it is also referred to as ‘Kamalam’.

APEDA or Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority promotes exports of agricultural and processed food products by providing assistance to the exporters under various components such as infrastructure development, quality development, and market development.



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