A consignment of fibre and mineral-rich ‘Dragon Fruit,’ also known as Kamalam, has been delivered to Dubai, providing a big boost to exotic fruit exports. A cargo of Dragon Fruit was procured for export from farmers in Tadasar village, Sangli district, Maharashtra, and processed and packed at M/s Kay Bee, an APEDA approved exporter.
The dragon fruit, scientifically known as Hylocereusundatus, is grown in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, the United States, and Vietnam.
In the early 1990s, dragon fruit production began in India as household gardens. Farmers from all across the country have taken up the production of dragon fruit in recent years, and it has grown increasingly popular throughout the country.
The fruit is mostly farmed in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at the moment. It requires less water to cultivate and may be cultivated in a variety of soils. White flesh with pink skin, red flesh with pink skin, and white flesh with yellow skin are the three primary kinds of dragon fruit.
PM Narendra Modi in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme in July 2020 on All India Radio 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.
Fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are all present in the fruit. It can aid in the healing of cell damage caused by oxidative stress, as well as the reduction of inflammation and the improvement of the digestive system. The fruit is also known as ‘Kamalam’ because it has spikes and petals that resemble lotus petals.
APEDA supports agricultural and processed food exports by assisting exporters in a variety of ways, including infrastructure development, quality development, and market development. Besides that, the Department of Commerce promotes exports through programmes such as the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme and the Market Access Initiative.
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