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Cultivation Of Dragon Fruit

Cultivation Of Dragon Fruit:

Under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), a roadmap is being prepared for the cultivation of dragon fruit in the identified potential area to increase the production of exotic and niche area fruits.

  • The target for area expansion under MIDH for Kamalam is 50,000 ha. in 5 years.
  • Dragon Fruit is a herbaceous perennial climbing cactus widely known as Pitaya, has its origin in Southern Mexico, Central America and South America.
  • Its flowers are hermaphrodites (male and female organs in the same flower) in nature and open at night.
  • It grows in all kinds of soil and does not require much water.
  • The plant sustains yield for more than 20 years, is high in nutraceutical properties(medicinal effects) and good for value-added processing industries.
  • It goes by many names, including pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear.