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Kota farmer creates mango variety that bears fruits year-round

Shrikishan Suman is a grower from Kota in Rajasthan. He has developed an innovative mango variety, which is a regular and year- round dwarf variety of a mango called the Sadabahar, which is resistant to most major diseases and common mango disorders.

The fruit is quite sweet, suitable for kitchen gardening, high-density plantation, and can be grown in pots for some years too. Its flesh has a deep orange hue and a sweet taste, and the pulp has less fiber content which differentiates it from other varieties.

In 2000, Shrikishan identified a mango tree in his orchard with an appreciable growth trend and dark green colored leaves. He noticed that the tree bloomed year-round. He prepared five grafted mango plants using it as a scion. It took him about fifteen years to develop this variety by preserving and preparing the grafts.

The innovative attributes of the variety have been verified by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India, an autonomous institution of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The NIF also facilitated an on-site evaluation of the variety through ICAR – Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore, and a field testing at SKN Agriculture University, Jobner (Jaipur), Rajasthan.

According to¸ it is in the process of being registered under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi. NIF has also facilitated the plantation of Sadabahar mango variety in the Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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