FOR PREZ, MANGO VARIETY BLOOMS ROUND THE YEAR
JAIPUR The President can soon savour mango, the King of Fruits, throughout the year, courtesy a special variety of mango planted recently in the sprawling Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The special variety of mango, called the ‘Sadabahaar Aam’ (evergreen mango), was planted at the famed gardens in March by Kishan Suman, a farmer from Rajasthan’s Kota district.
This was after Suman received an award at the National Innovation Foundation’s exhibition in the same month and was appreciated by President Pranab Mukherjee, who gave him the opportunity.
The variety gives mangoes during all seasons of the year, said Suman, who claims to have identified the variety 17 years ago. The plant can be grown in a pot also, as it is of a dwarf variety.
The four bighas of agricultural land Suman owns contain some 22 mother plants and 300 grafted mango plants for sale — the saplings, he claims, are immune to most major diseases and disorders common to mangoes. They bloom in all the three seasons (12 months) — January-February, June-July and September-October.
The aptly named Sadabahar Aam is now in the process of being patented. Suman informed that these plants are currently being delivered to Chattisgarh, Delhi and Haryana on a regular basis. The innovator will display the variety of the tree during the upcoming agro meet ‘Gram’ in Kota from May 24 to 26, which he considers will be a chance to promote his discovery on a national level.