Centre to promote dragon fruit cultivation

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Centre to promote dragon fruit cultivation

  • Centre has decided to promote cultivation of dragon fruit, known as “super fruit” for its health benefits.

Expanding cultivation

  • Considering cost effectiveness and global demand for the fruit due to its nutritional values, its cultivation can be expanded in India.
  • At present, it is cultivated in 3,000 hectares; plan is to increase cultivation to 50,000 hectares in five years.
  • Gujarat: recently renamed dragon fruit as kamlam [lotus] and announced incentive for farmers who cultivate it.
  • Haryana: provides grant for farmers who will plant this exotic fruit variety.


  • Fruit is considered good for diabetic patients
  • Low in calories and
  • High in nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium and zinc.

Win-win situation

  • It can be cultivated in degraded and rainfed land.
  • Centre can provide specific target-based help to States and farmers under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
  • Processing infrastructure can be developed with the help of Food Processing Ministry.