With the increased demand for guavas, several farmers around Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, are shifting to its cultivation in the upland areas in the district. Out of 350 hectare guava groves in the district, around 200 hectare land is located in the upland mandals like Kaluvoya, Atmakuru, Marripadu, Vinjamuru, Anantasagaram, Chejarla and others.
The farmers from other districts are showing interest in this horticulture crop. Guava is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and fibre. During the current pandemic, people have started consuming guava, papaya, lemons, oranges, grapes and amla powder daily for improving their immunity.
Thehansindia.com reported that, during the pandemic, the demand for guava has increased with one kilogram of country guava costing Rs 40-50 and the Taiwan variety Rs 80-100. With the increased demand, farmers have started cultivating guava crop in the drylands.
[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]