The first-ever commercial crop of the dragon fruit is being harvested at the farm of Gutty Narayana Reddy, a progressive farmer from Kuragani Palli in the Anantapur district. Dragon fruit is being grown in small pockets of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and many other states.
In 2018, Narayana Reddy brought in some saplings and planted them on a 3-acre field. As the crop failed, he approached the horticulture scientists of Acharya NG Ranga University’s Research Centre at Rekulakunta. The advice provided by P. Deepthi and Vimala Bathineni transformed the growth of plants in his farm and today, Reddy is a happy man expecting at least some returns from the huge investment he made.
“I have invested ₹1.45 mln (€17,400) on the farm and expect to harvest at least 6 tonnes in the first season,” Reddy told The Hindu.
He might not recover his investment in the near future but is buoyant about the fact that he was successful in producing the fruit, which mostly comes from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and China.