In a major boost to exports of exotic fruit, consignments of fiber and mineral rich dragon fruit, which are sourced from farmers of Gujarat and West Bengal, have been exported for the first time to London and Bahrain.
The consignment of exotic fruit exported to London was sourced from farmers of Kutch region and exported by APEDA registered packhouse in Bharuch, Gujarat, while the consignment exported to Bahrain was sourced from the farmers of West Midnapore in West Bengal and exported by APEDA registered enterprises, Kolkata.
Earlier in June this year, a consignment of dragon fruit that was sourced from the farmers of Tadasar village of Sangli district in Maharashtra was exported to Dubai by APEDA recognized exporter.
Due to high export value, the exotic dragon fruit has become increasingly popular in recent years in the country and it has been taken up for cultivation by farmers in different states. At present, dragon fruit is grown mostly in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. West Bengal is new to taking up cultivation of this exotic fruit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio in July last year had mentioned about the dragon fruit farming in the arid Kutch region of Gujarat. He had congratulated the farmers of Kutch for the cultivation of fruit for ensuring India’s self-sufficiency in the production. Commerce Ministry said, the Prime Minister’s dream has come true when the fruit is being exported to the UK and Bahrain. It said, APEDA is making efforts to export it to other European countries to get better price realisation to the farmers of their produce.