An Indian farmer has developed a new variety of mango that bears fruits round the year. Shrikishan Suman, a 55-year old farmer from Kota (Rajasthan), has come up with this innovative variety ‘Sadabahar’, which is resistant to most major diseases and common mango disorders.
The fruit is sweeter in taste, comparable to langra and being a dwarf variety, is suitable for kitchen gardening, high-density plantation, and can be grown in pots for some years too. Besides, the flesh of the fruits is deep orange in color and the pulp has very less fiber content which differentiates it from other varieties. The bountiful of nutrients packed in mango are immensely good for health, the ministry of science and technology said in a press release. Also Read: Pappammal: Tamil Nadu’s 106-year old woman receives Padma Shri award for her role in organic farming
Shrikishan Suman, in the year 2000, identified a mango tree in his orchard with an appreciable growth trend, dark green colored leaves. He noticed that the tree bloomed round the year. On observing these traits, he prepared five grafted mango plants using it as a scion. It took him about fifteen years to develop this variety by preserving and preparing the grafts. He noticed the grafted plants started bearing the fruits from the second year of grafting itself.
The innovative attributes of the variety have been verified by the National Innovation Foundation(NIF). It is in the process of being registered under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources(NBPGR). NIF has also facilitated the plantation of Sadabahar mango variety in the Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
For this evergreen variety developed, Shrikishan Suman has been conferred the NIF’s 9th National Grassroots Innovation and Traditional Knowledge Award, the release added. Also Read: Govt extends support for cultivation of medicinal plants across the country