The saplings of European sweet cherry trees, imported and planted last year in Kashmir, have grown and produced fruit in just one year. This European variety of cherry is bigger in size than any of the ten locally grown cherry varieties.
The European sweet cherry was imported by local fruit company Fruit Master Agro Fresh in association with the J&K Horticulture department. These high-density plants are being grown at the ‘centre of excellence’ at Zawoora Srinagar.
“We brought it [the European sweet cherry] here in May last year and this year the trees have borne fruits. We have put the produce on display at several places,” said Faisal Ahmad, managing director of Fruit Master Agro Fresh. “It grows in size to over 32 mm whereas no locally grown cherry gets more than 28 mm size. It is also resistant to insects and other diseases besides rain, but to contain even the smallest damage due to rain, we are using nets to cover the trees during inclement weather.”
“I see the European cherry as the future of the cherry industry in Kashmir, given the rates and other qualities of this variety,” he added.