Indian and Exotic Mangoes on display; Ratan emphasizes on commercial cultivation – aabtak24


Agartala, Jun 14, 2023, TRIPURATIMES Desk

Agartala June 14: Majestic Mango orchards in Nagicherra under State Horticulture department depicts the remarkable progress in mango cultivation, said Tripura Agriculture Minister Ratan Lal Nath as he inaugurated the Mango Diversity Show on Wednesday.

Looking like land of mangoes, this juicy fruit, rightly called the ‘King’ has some 40 varieties growing in vast land under Horticulture Research Centre, Nagicherra.

Each variety has a distinct taste, shape and colour. From the Indian origin varieties such as Ambika, Arunika, Amrapalli, Dasheri, Kasturi, Alphonso, Mallika, Kanon-Bhog, Baramasi, Pusa Surya, exotic variety of mangoes including rose-red Red Palmer, Chakapat, Taiwan Red, to banana shape Yellow banana, unique mango varieties stole the show.

There is also the famous Noorjahan that weighs around 4 kgs and the Miyazaki that has a unique aroma and colour.

Elated to tour the mango orchard, minister Ratan Lal Nath said, “Not only West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, but also in this state now the production of delicious mangoes has started. Farmers have now started commercial mango cultivation in various parts of the state. Already they have started to see the face of profit”.

Nath said, “Promoting agribusiness shall also attract tourists during the season of mangoes. What can be more relaxing and exciting than enjoying the fresh juicy mangoes by plucking them”.

Besides, the farmers will be more economically strong and can earn maximum profit by selling their products.

“In the financial year 2022-23, the production of mangoes in the country is approximately 21 million metric tons. In our country, Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of mangoes, which is about 23% of the total production. Different varieties of mangoes are also cultivated in Tripura. Namely: Amrapali, Himsagar Ambika, Arunika etc. About 10357 ha of mango is cultivated in Tripura, with an average yield of 5.09 MT/ha. For this purpose, “Mango Variety Exhibition” has been organized at the Horticulture and Research Centre, Nagicherra”, he added.

The Agriculture Minister Ratan Lal Nath also said that an initiative has already been taken to give 15 lakh saplings to 1 lakh families under the Chief Minister’s Swanirbhar Parivar Yojana. This includes saplings of lemon, papaya, betel nut, banana and mango.

For palm oil, the government has set a target of cultivation in 2000 hectares of land. This year 1300 hectares have been targeted for mango, jackfruit, orange, pineapple and banana separately. 295 hectares of land has been increased for coconut cultivation.

He further said, “Traditional fruit cultivation will also be increased in the state. We will distribute seedlings of blackberry, litchi, guava and other fruits”.

Apart from this, an initiative has been taken by the Department to distribute 2 lakh 95 thousand saplings in the Urban Horticulture Scheme.

Through this, coconut, mango, hybrid vegetable seedlings and flower seedlings will be distributed.

Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department Apurba Roy, eminent journalists Shekhar Dutta, Jayanta Bhattacharya among others spoke at the Mango Diversity Exhibition in Nagicherra on this day. 



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