Indian farmer experiments with dragon fruits

An innovative farmer from Nalgonda -in the Indian region of Telangana- is cultivating ‘dragon fruit’, a desert plant, to set an example for other farmers in the canal area of the district in yielding greater profits with less water and fertilisers.

Kompally Yadagiri, a Science graduate with a keen interest in agriculture, began cultivating the fruit on his 1.5 acres of land on an experimental basis in July 2016. He was expecting to be able to harvest after three years, but surprisingly got the first yield in just a year, earning 30,000 rupees.

Yadagiri told Telangana Today that his dragon fruit farm would give the full yield in the next two years and that it might be around four to six tonnes.

He further said that the type of sand and weather conditions in Telangana are quite suitable for the cultivation of dragon fruit and that its plants even survived 45o Celsius temperatures during summer.

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