Telangana state, India

Spectacular dragon fruit fields as LED is used for additional light

After tasting success with his dragon fruit cultivation initiative, Basvanthpur farmer Ramesh Reddy again drew attention to his farm by installing hundreds of LED bulbs on the 3 hectares of dragon fruit farm at Ranzole village, Zaheerabad Mandal. The objective of the LED lighting is to get an off-season yield.

Ramesh Reddy has installed one LED bulb on each and every pole, covering four sides of the plant. While he was getting 10-12 tons of yield per acre during the season, he is now getting 1.6 tons of yield per hectare during the off-season as well.

Ramesh Reddy first tried the idea on a smaller patch a couple of years ago. He then expanded it to 1 ha last year and, in a phased manner, covered the entire farm now. Though he gets just 25 percent of yield during the off-season compared to the seasonal harvest, he said he would get double the price for his crop during the off-season, leading to an increase of about 50 percent in overall profits.


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