Mangoes: Its fruit is more sweet in taste, like lame mango. Being a stocky tree, it is suitable for planting in the kitchen garden. Its tree is very dense and it can also be planted in a pot for a few years.
As soon as the summer season arrives, there is happiness that a lot of fruits will be eaten. Especially the matter of mango, the king of fruits, is different. In 4 to 5 months we eat a lot of mangoes. Variety of mangoes, variety of tastes. Summer season is over and we wait for next year to taste mangoes. Think how good it is that mangoes should be eaten throughout the year! Is there any kind of mango that flourishes and gets eaten throughout the year?
The answer lies with a progressive farmer of Rajasthan. Sri Krishna Suman, a 55-year-old farmer living in Kota city of Rajasthan, has developed a new variety of mango, which flourishes throughout the years. Its tree regularly produces mango named evergreen throughout the year. The special thing is that this variety of mangoes is free from most of the major diseases and common disturbances that occur in the mango fruit.
Lame mango sweet taste
Its fruit is more sweet in taste, like lame mango. Being a stocky tree, it is suitable for planting in the kitchen garden. Its tree is very dense and it can also be planted in a pot for a few years. Apart from this, its pulp is dark orange in color and sweet in taste – its pulp has very little fiber which sets it apart from other varieties.
Could not read after second grade, but made revolution
Shri Krishna, a poor farmer who developed this new variety of mango, left school after studying up to class two and started his family profession as a gardener. He was interested in managing the plantation of flowers and fruits while his family used to cultivate only wheat and paddy.
He had learned that to take a good crop of wheat and paddy, one would have to depend on external elements like rain, prevention of animal attacks and similar things and this would only provide limited benefits. He started floriculture to increase the family’s income. First, he cultivated different varieties of roses and sold them in the market. Along with this, he also started planting mango trees.
A new variety was prepared after 15 years of hard work
In the year 2000, he saw in his orchard a mango tree whose rate of growth was very fast, whose leaves were dark green. They saw that this tree is blighted throughout the year. After seeing this, he prepared five clusters of mango tree. It took him about 15 years to develop this variety and meanwhile he protected and developed this plant made from pens. He found that after planting a pen, the tree started bearing fruits from the second year itself.
Saw, tested and known
This new variety was also recognized by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) India. Please tell that NIF is an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. NIF also allowed ICAR – National Institute of Horticulture, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore to evaluate this variety. Apart from this, its field testing was also done by SKN Agricultural University, located in Jobanar, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Under the Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Protection Act and ICAR – National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NVPGR) New Delhi, the process of registration of this variety is now underway.
Trees also planted in Mughal Gardens
NIF has also helped to grow this evergreen mango plant in the Mughal Gardens located at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. Sri Krishna Suman has been awarded the NIF’s ninth National Trinamool Innovation and Distinguished Traditional Knowledge Award (National Grassroots Innovation and Traditional Knowledge Award) for developing mangoes of this evergreen variety and has also been recognized on several other forums. Through different channels, NIF is trying to spread information about this new variety of mangoes to farmers, farmer networks, government organizations, state agricultural departments and voluntary organizations.
More than 8000 plant orders, trees planted in many states
Shri Krishna Suman has received more than 8000 orders of mangrove mango plants from 2017 to 2020 from all over the country and also from other countries. He is from Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Delhi and from 2018 to 2020. He has supplied more than 6000 plants to Chandigarh. He has planted more than 500 plants in agricultural science centers and research institutes in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this, more than 400 have been sent to various research institutes of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
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