Meet 32-year-old Bikramjit Chakma, who desires to cowl the tropical hills of the northeastern state of Tripura with Kashmir’s famed “ber apples”.
As a pilot challenge, Mr Chakma has cultivated the Kashmiri number of the fruit on his 1.25 hectare of land and earned a web revenue of Rs 3.5 lakh in a single season, profitable accolades from the chief minister himself.
Mr Chakma, who hails from Pencharthal in Tripura’s North district, mentioned he got here to find out about cultivation of “ber apples” in neighbouring Bangladesh, and determined to strive his luck with the fruit in his state, which has comparable weather conditions.
“I noticed on the web that “ber apples” are cultivated in abundance in Bangladesh with excellent yields. So, I went forward and purchased 1,300 saplings from West Bengal at Rs 2.5 lakh and planted these in March final yr, which have been harvested in January. I earned Rs 6 lakh by promoting the produce,” he advised PTI over cellphone.
Mr Chakma mentioned his uncle and two cousins used to domesticate potatoes, radishes and different seasonal crops on the identical piece of land, which fetched solely about Rs 12,000 per yr.
Altogether, 40 quintals of “ber apples” have been harvested, of which 12 quintals have been offered within the wholesale market and the remaining within the open market at a mean value of Rs 115-120 per kg, he mentioned.
“We by no means thought that the sapling I introduced would bear a lot fruit. With correct care and watering, we hope to reap near 80 quintals subsequent yr,” he added.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has hailed Mr Chakma for his progressive concept that set an instance of self-reliance.
“This younger man has achieved success by making use of a elaborate thought in farming along with his uncles. He cultivates Kashmiri apple ber bushes in 6 Kani areas. Bikramjit is optimistic that the bushes will bear double fruit subsequent yr.
“I applaud his initiative. His want to grow to be self-reliant and to realize success will encourage others within the state as nicely,” Mr Deb mentioned in a current Fb submit.
Horticulturists within the state are hopeful that cultivation of “ber apples” would emerge as a method of livelihood for unemployed farmers.
Baharul Islam Majumder, former director of the Horticulture Division, mentioned moreover this number of apple, there are numerous fruits which may be cultivated within the unused and uplands of Tripura.
“I might request the federal government to make a long-term plan for horticulture and announce a particular package deal for the growers,” Mr Majumder mentioned.
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