A farmer in Awakhal village of Bododa district is cultivating seedless lemons from Thailand
Gandhinagar, 03 August 2020
The Gujarat horticulture department has declared Thailand lemon cultivation as a successful case. In Gujarat, new research has been on the decline ever since former Agriculture Minister Bhupendra Chudasama built 5 agricultural universities from one agricultural university. Now the BJP government is declaring foreign seeds as the pride of Gujarat. Lemons without seeds are the progeny of foreign tissue culture, which has now been declared a successful case by the horticulture department. Not self-dependent but being dependent abroad.
Lemon intake has increased rapidly since the onset of corona disease. People are drinking lemon juice every day. Which is full of vitamin C. Demand has increased in Gujarat.
Avakhal village of Shinor taluka of Vadodara district and Oradi village of Dabhoi have been cultivating citrus without thalia since 2015. Harish Jayendra Patel of Awakhal came to know that he had planted 7,000 Thai lemon trees in his 30 bighas of land in Raipur village in Chhattisgarh, learning from the farmers who grew lemon trees in Thailand to cultivate water. Started bearing fruit. Loco is very interested in it due to its large size and seedless. There are also traders who take lemons from a kilo field worth 10 to 100 rupees.
Thai lemons are cooked with native manure and organic recipes. This is done by mixing compost, cow urine, poultry farm waste and other fertilizers. There is good demand abroad. Vadodara has the highest quantity of citrus in 1200 hectares. Thai mud is growing on 300 acres. Gujarat yields 200 to 300 percent more yield than paper lemon. Drip irrigation saves water by producing good crops. The crop starts coming after 16 months and after 3 years 5-10 kg is produced per plant. 10-15 feet are found hanging on a branch.
At one time, lemons were selling for Rs 140 per kg in the Ahmedabad retail market.
Mehsana and then Anand’s lemons have the highest yields in the country, but Vadodara leads in seedless lemons. The villages of Udalpur and Kherwa are known for their citrus cultivation. Lemon farming is increasing in the villages of Jagudan, Uintwa, Kahoda, Kadi, Unjha, Udaipur Kherwa and Jagannathpura. Lemon tree constitutes 30% of the total land area of Mehsana. A tree here produces 250 kg of lemon per year. The crust is thin, juicy, fragrant. Gujarat lemons go to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Arabia and other countries.
90% of the people in Kahoda village cultivate lemon. Farmers get Rs 20 to Rs 25 per 1 kg. When summer season takes its full form, farmers get Rs 50 to Rs 70 per kg for their lemons. 6,000 to 7,000 kg of lemons leave the village every day.
Kiran Patel, a farmer from Piplag village in Kheda district, first cultivated lemon from seeds without tissue culture. Production completed in 14 months. This is 25 percent more than a B lemon. 12 month harvest. Crops come when seasons change.
Lemon trees thrive in tropical and subtropical climates. Lemon is cultivated in India in 35 to 40 thousand hectares and in Gujarat in an area of 10 thousand hectares.