The Government is Providing Rs 35000 in Subsidies for Dragon Fruit Cultivation.
Since last year, farmers in Andhra Pradesh have been cultivating Dragon Fruit, and the harvests have been encouraging. Fruit is grown in seven regions of the state, with Chief Minister Jagan Mohan setting a goal of 200 hectares for production.
Govt’s Aid for Dragon Fruit Cultivation
Under the extension of the new crop policy, the federal government would cover the cost of seed for up to five acres per farmer. To nurture the creeper-like crop, farmers must build cement or rock pillars in the fields. 400 such pillars are required per acre, with four saplings planted on each pillar.
According to Dr. Panduranga, Horticulture deputy director for West Godavari, the state provides farmers with a subsidy of Rs 35,000 per hectare for this purpose.
The farmers were advised that they will be able to harvest the crop within a year after planting it. On the other hand, farmers claim they will have the harvest in nine months. Machina Rambabu of Nayakampalli village farms Dragon Fruit on an acre beside the National Highway at Rangampeta in East Godavari district.
He planted the plants in November 2020 and harvested 500kg in May. He was paid Rs 300 for every kilo of fruit.
These fruits are purchased, graded, packed, and sold to clients by large shopping malls. On the other hand, some farmers claim to have received barely Rs 150 to Rs 200 per fruit.
The fruit is also known as a “Desert Produce,” according to Rammohan Rao, deputy director of the Horticulture Department. The price is currently encouraging, but if the crop is cultivated on a greater scale, the price may decline in the market. As a result, farmers could anticipate paying between Rs 45 and Rs 50 per kg. However, he claims that this is a good crop for upland locations because it produces high yields with little expenditure.
The farmers claim that an initial expenditure of Rs 6 lakh per acre is required, but that the yield will last up to 20 years.
According to Sirisha, the Krishi Viznana Kendram is providing seeds or plants to farmers across the state, including the Krishi Viznana Kendram, and the central government will cover the nursery costs. Additionally, her organization offers farmers a buy-back agreement for marketing their harvest.