The Gujarat government is bringing together dragon fruit growers on a single platform, hoping to help them export their produce to the European markets. The state accounts for over 30 per cent of the dragon-fruit cultivation in India. A five-day “Farm Fresh Kamalam and Fruit Mahotsav” will be launched in Ahmedabad from September 2 to 6, 2021.
Mahesh Singh, managing director of Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Limited (GAIC), a state-run entity that is organizing the event said: “We are organising a farm festival dedicated to Kamalam fruit. About 30 large farmers of dragon fruit will participate in this event, which is meant to popularise the fruit locally. The acceptance of this fruit is low among people in Gujarat. It has a lot of good properties as it an anti-oxidant and has a lot of vitamins.”
At present, over 350 farmers in Gujarat grow dragon fruit in over 1,200 hectares spread over 20 districts. “Earlier, we used to import this fruit. But for a few years we have been growing it in India, particularly in Gujarat. Now a lot of area has come under Kamalam fruit. The major districts involved in its cultivation include Kutch, Aravalli, Surat, Narmada, Chotta Udepur and Banaskantha,” Singh told indianexpress.com, adding that the fruit, scientifically referred as Hylocereusundatus, is famous for its nutraceutical properties.