The dragon fruit consignment was processed and packed at APEDA-recognized exporter, Kay-Bee.
A consignment of dragon fruit sourced from the farmers of Tadasar Village in Sangli, Maharashtra, was exported to Dubai from India, for the first time ever. As per the Saturday press release by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the export item was processed and packed at APEDA-recognized exporter, Kay-Bee. This fibre and mineral-rich fruit is usually grown and exported from countries like China, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, the USA and Vietnam.
Costs between ₹100 to ₹150 per kg in India
The cultivation of dragon fruit commenced in India during the early 1990s, however, it was restricted to home gardens. Since then, this fruit variety has become increasingly popular, thereby, its cultivation has been picked up by farmers across the state. India has exported its first consignment of the pink and white variety of this exotic fruit, scientifically referred to as Hylocereusundatus, and given a major push to its global production.
Cultivation technique for dragon fruit
The cultivation of dragon fruit requires less water and it can be planted in different types of soils. Further, there are three main varieties of this fruit which are identified as follows- white flesh with pink skin, red flesh with pink skin, and white flesh with yellow skin. Currently, dragon fruit is grown mostly in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
About dragon fruit
Dragon fruit contains fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help in repairing the cell damage caused by stress, reduces inflammation and helps in improving the digestive system. In the local market, sellers obtain somewhere around ₹100 to ₹150 on the sale of 1 kilogram of this fruit.