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Kota farmer develops innovative variety mango "SADABAHAR: that bears fruits round the year

Kota farmer develops  innovative variety mango  "SADABAHAR:  that bears fruits round the year

"It took him about fifteen years to develop this variety by preserving and preparing the grafts."

Shrikishan Suman (55 years), a farmer from Kota, Rajasthan, has developed an innovative mango variety which may be a regular and round-the-year dwarf sort of mango called Sadabahar, which is immune to most major diseases and customary mango disorders.

The fruit is sweeter in taste, like langra, and being a dwarf variety, is suitable for kitchen gardening, high-density plantation, and maybe grown in pots for a few years too. Besides, the flesh of the fruits, which is bourn around the year, is deep orange with sweet taste, and therefore the pulp has very less fiber content which differentiates it from other varieties. The bountiful of nutrients packed in mango are immensely good for health.

Poverty led Shrikishan, the brain behind this mango variety, to drop out of faculty after class two and take up the family profession of gardening (Mali). He had an interest in floriculture and orchard management while the family was focused on growing wheat and paddy. He realized that the success of crops like wheat and paddy was hooked on external factors like rainfall, animal attack, and so on, limiting their profits.

He started growing flowers to reinforce the family’s income, the primary ones being different sorts of roses and sold them within the market. alongside this, he started growing mango too.

In 2000, he identified a mango in his orchard with an appreciable growth trend, dark green colored leaves. He noticed that the tree bloomed around the year. On observing these traits, he prepared five grafted mango plants using it as a scion. It took him about fifteen years to develop this variety by preserving and preparing the grafts. He noticed the grafted plants started bearing the fruits from the second year of grafting itself.

The innovative attributes of the variability are verified by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India, an autonomous institution of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. NIF also facilitated an on-site evaluation of the variability through ICAR - Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore, and a field testing at SKN Agriculture University, Jobner (Jaipur), Rajasthan. it's within the process of being registered under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi. NIF has also facilitated the plantation of Sadabahar mango variety within the Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi .

For this evergreen variety developed, Shrikishan Suman was conferred the NIF’s 9th National Grassroots Innovation and lore Award and subsequently recognised at various other fora. Through various channels, NIF has been making efforts towards dissemination of the knowledge about the variability amongst farmers’ networks, government organisations, state agriculture departments, NGOs, etc.

Shrikishan Suman received over 8000 orders of Sadabahar gratings from India and abroad during 2017- 2020. He supplied over 6000 plants to different farmers spread across the states of Andhra Pradesh , Goa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu , Tripura, Uttar Pradesh , Uttarakhand, West Bengal , Delhi and Chandigarh during 2018-2020. Over 500 plants were transplanted at Krishi Vigyan Kendras, and research institutes within the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by the innovator himself, and over 400 grafted plants were provided at different research institutes in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat.

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