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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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Grown near Indore, Noorjahan Mango is fetching a queenly price of approx. ₹1000 per piece

The Noorjahan mango variety is cultivated in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh, located some 250 km from Indore, and locals trace its origin to Afghanistan. Owing to favourable weather conditions this year, the size and yield of this mango variety have been good as compared to last year. Therefore, this season, the rate of Noorjahan mangoes have skyrocketed with each piece being priced in the range of ₹500 to ₹1000.

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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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Lucknow's 'Mango Man' introduces new varieties of mangoes named after frontline workers

Belonging to Lucknow's Malihabad, Kaleemullah Khan is well-known for growing over 300 varieties of mangoes on a single tree through innovative grafting techniques. He has been in the news recently for his initiative of paying a tribute to frontline workers by naming mango varieties after them.

The aim behind naming new varieties of mango after COVID warriors is to immortalise their sacrifice for generations to come. Further, a few varieties have also been named after famous personalities who have extraordinary achievements to their credit.

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Pandemic a hiccup yet again in the love affair of Lucknowites & Malihabadi Dasheris!

"In my view, there are only two essential points about mangoes: they should be sweet and they should be plentiful." This is what Mirza Ghalib had to say about the 'King of Fruits' and according to us, there is not a single Lucknowite who would differ with this opinion.

The reason for such immense love for this fruit traces its lineage back to the era of Nawabs, when the discreet town of Malihabad, located some 30 km from Lucknow, flourished as the centre for luscious mangoes. However, the mango-mania that has gripped the citizens since time immemorial, has taken a hit during this pandemic as the prolonged corona curfew is keeping mango lovers away from fruit markets!

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