Apple a day keeps everything at bay for this Manipur farmer
A farmer named Lairenlakpam Indrajit Meetei, hailing from Yumnam Khunou Awang Leikai village in Manipur has been successful in cultivating a variety of apples in his orchard in one year.
Currently, he has planted HRMN-99, ANNA, and Dorset Gold varieties of apples in his orchard.
Anna and Dorsett Golden are two of the world’s most favourite apple varieties developed by grassroots innovator Hariman Sharma of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, supported by NIF-India, an autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology.
Meetei started his cultivation on February 8, 2019, on a trial basis with only 49 saplings after he was introduced to National Innovation Foundation- India (NIF) member Laishram Yelhounganba.
“We were told that these apple trees will bear fruit after three years of transplanting but to see it bearing fruit in a year is so exciting. We have been looking after the trees since then,” said Taibanglemba, son of the apple farmer.
The yield from each sapling was around 10- 20 kilos this year weighing about 20- 30 grams per apple, he added.