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How Dragon Fruit Cultivation Has Emerged As Game Changer For Tripura Farmer

08:50 AM May 13, 2024 IST | NEWS Desk
how dragon fruit cultivation has emerged as game changer for tripura farmer
How Dragon Fruit Cultivation Has Emerged As Game Changer For Tripura Farmer

Sepahijala (Tripura) [India]: In the lush landscapes of Kanchan Mala, a village in the Sekerkote area of Sepahijala District in Tripura, Parimal Das, once grappling with the uncertainties of joblessness has transformed his life and set a precedent for others by turning to dragon fruit cultivation.

With unemployment rates a concern across various parts of India, dragon fruit farming is emerging as a promising avenue for not only generating income but also establishing a sustainable way of life for many families in Tripura.

Parimal Das while exclusively speaking to media confessed that, once he was grappling with the uncertainties of joblessness, but now revels in the success brought about by his dragon fruit farm.

Just eight months after planting his first crops, he witnessed a significant turnaround in his financial status, highlighting the potential of dragon fruit cultivation as a rapid income-generating endeavour.

"Dragon fruit farming has allowed me to provide for my family in a way I never thought possible. It's not just about financial gains; it's about creating a sustainable and healthy lifestyle," he said.

The success story of Parimal Das served as an inspiring model for the youth facing employment challenges. His endeavours not only support his family but also demonstrate the viability of agricultural entrepreneurship.

Dragon fruit, or "pitaya", is not only in demand due to its exotic appeal but also for its myriad health benefits, which include boosting immunity, aiding digestion, improving heart health, and even possessing qualities beneficial to diabetes and cancer patients. This has led to a high demand for the fruit both in the domestic and international markets.

Cultivating dragon fruit is relatively less labour-intensive compared to other crops. The plants bear fruits for six to seven months each year, ensuring a steady supply and consistent income.

According to agricultural experts, a small family unit of four to five members can comfortably rely on the earnings from a modestly sized dragon fruit garden.

Authorities and agricultural experts in Tripura are now advocating for more widespread adoption of dragon fruit cultivation. Training sessions, workshops, and start-up subsidies are being considered to motivate and support aspiring farmers.

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