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THIS 15-yo tree in UP's Saharanpur can grow as many as 121 varieties of mangoes!

Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district has grabbed the attention of all mango lovers and horticulture enthusiasts with a unique mango tree, which can grow as many as 121 varieties on it. Known popularly across the state and beyond for its hand-carved furniture, now this city boasts of a 15-year-old tree in the Company Bagh area, bearing various types of India's King of Fruits.

As per reports, horticulturists started this unique experiment about 5 years ago with the purpose of creating new varieties of mangoes and exploring their tastes. It is probably the second such mango tree in the state to host over a hundred varieties of this fruit, the first one being at Lucknow's Malihabad (which has 300 varieties of mango).

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Centre's Cluster Development Programme to foster the mango belt in Lucknow & nearby areas

In a bid to increase the potential of mango cultivation in the state, the mango belt in Lucknow and nearby areas will be developed as a mango cluster. This development programme will be operated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture. Under this programme, the government will encourage prudent use of chemicals and the adoption of improved varieties of mango, among other things.

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CISH in Lucknow develops 'Mango Baba' app for safe doorstep delivery of mangoes this summer

The Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), a Lucknow-based ICAR lab, has perfected a mobile application that will facilitate easy home delivery of mangoes in the city. The 'Mango Baba' app is a simplified online means of ordering your favourite mangoes and getting them delivered safely to your doorstep. The application was designed by entrepreneurs in the institute's agri-business incubation centre last year and now has been upgraded to remove the earlier glitches, to extend a hassle-free customer experience to all.

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