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Pomegranate cultivation is a hit in Jagalur

H.S. Narasimha Kumar

A record yield of 30 tonnes per acre reported this year

DAVANGERE: Jagalur taluk in Davangere district is a drought-hit taluk. Many surveys and studies conducted by both the Union and State Governments reveal that it is one of the few taluks in the country affected by drought every year.

It is a surprise that the farmers in the most backward taluk in the State have started cultivating and exporting pomegranate. The farmers of Jagalur exported nearly 30 tonnes of graded pomegranate just a few days ago to the Gulf countries. Unfortunately, the middlemen appropriated the returns, as they purchased the fruits at Rs. 35 per kg, which was later sold at a higher price after gradation. The middlemen sell the fruits for Rs. 150 per kg in the Gulf countries.

Pomegranate is grown in 120 hectares of land in and around Jagalur by a few enterprising farmers in 58 plots.

About 300 plants can be planted in an acre of land and farmers can get a yield of more than 10 tonnes per acre. According to an estimate prepared by the Department of Horticulture, farmers have secured an amount of Rs. 2.5 lakhs for fruits grown in each acre, where the investment per acre is Rs. 1.25 lakh. Parashivamurthy, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Davangere district, and K.T. Rajanna, Assistant Director of Horticulture, Jagalur, told The Hindu that this is the second year that the farmers have grown pomegranate.

Talks are on with the Agriculture Processed Export Development Agency to export pomegranate to Europe. The department is planning to establish a society for the farmers on the lines of the association in Maharashtra.

He also said the department is giving planting materials worth Rs. 7.5 lakhs to growers of Jagalur taluk to encourage them to take up cultivation. Similarly, Rs. 2,000 will be given to each pomegranate farmer under the Tropical Arid Zone Development programme to get organic pesticides. The department will also supply the bio-control pesticides.

Mr. Parashivamurthy said that the department plans to organise workshops to educate farmers about the scientific way of cultivation and promote pomegranate cultivation in Jagalur, Harpanahalli, Davangere, and Chennagiri taluks under the National Horticulture Mission programme.

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