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Fiona Davidson, Dalival

India turns to France to renovate its apple orchards

As the world's 5th largest apple producer, India, and the Himalayan states in particular, are keen to renew their apple orchards. And they hope to achieve this with the Dalival nursery, specialist in the creation of apples and pears. The creation of FILAVAL NURSERIES Pvt. Ltd is the outcome of this partnership.

Towards high-density orchards
India is one of the world's largest apple producers. Yet, the low yields of its orchards in relation to its population means that the country has to rely on exports (85% of production is destined for the domestic market). In order to improve production and increase yields, the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Pradesh and Uttrakhand, through Fil Industries, decided to renovate their apple orchards, both in terms of varieties and rootstocks. To achieve this, the growers chose to turn to High Density, a model that is becoming the benchmark today thanks to its excellent results. To implement its project, the Indian company called on Dalival, which already exports planting material for high-density orchards throughout Europe and Central Asia, and on FIATS, a Franco-Indian joint venture specialized in post-harvest management.

Creation of a new nursery: FILAVAL NURSERIES Pvt. Ltd.
The result of this partnership is FILAVAL NURSERIES Pvt. Ltd. based in Jammu and Kashmir, which brings together the three main players. The aim is to “import quality rootstocks from France and create a nursery to develop high-density apple varieties.” The company currently has 126,000 seedlings under quarantine in the Poonch district of Jammu division. 65 new varieties are currently being tested at DALIVAL's IFO research station in France, most of which are destined for export markets to meet international demand.

For more information:
Fiona Davidson
Phone: +33(0)3 23 96 56 50
[email protected]