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  • Writer's picturePeerzada Mohammad Rabet

Exploring Pal’s Organic Dragon Fruit Farm: A Fascinating Journey to Kharagpur, West Bengal

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

Introduction

In a world that is increasingly embracing organic and sustainable practices, there is a growing interest in exploring farms that cultivate unique and exotic fruits. One such fruit is the dragon fruit, known for its vibrant colours and health benefits. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit an organic dragon fruit farm located in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. This farm is called Pal’s Organic Dragon Fruit Farm and is owned by Mr. Subhodeep Pal. Join me on this interesting adventure as we dive into the world of dragon fruit and uncover the secrets of its organic farming practices.


Understanding the Organic Dragon Fruit

The dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical fruit native to Central and South America but is now cultivated in various parts of the world. With its vibrant hues of pink, red, or yellow, and its unique, scaly exterior, it is a visually striking fruit that instantly captures attention. Dragon fruit is highly valued not only for its aesthetics but also for its rich nutritional profile, containing antioxidants, fibre, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Setting the Stage: Pal's Organic Dragon Fruit Farm

The organic dragon fruit farm, situated among Kharagpur's calm environments, captivates visitors with its lush greenery and rows of trellises supporting the growing dragon fruit trees. The farm takes pride in its commitment to organic farming, ensuring the fruits are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.


The Trellis Method: A Unique Approach to Dragon Fruit Cultivation

As I stepped onto the farm, I was immediately struck by the intricate trellis system that spanned across the entire area. The trellises, constructed using concrete slabs and metallic wires, create a framework for the dragon fruit plants to grow vertically, optimizing space and sunlight exposure. This method allows the plants to produce more fruit while occupying a smaller footprint. Mr. Subhodeep Pal explained how the trellis system facilitates better air circulation and reduces the risk of diseases, ensuring healthier plants and higher yields. Additionally, the vertical growth pattern simplifies maintenance tasks such as pruning, harvesting, and pest control.


Walking Amongst the Dragon Fruit Vines

Accompanied by Mr. Pal, I embarked on a walk through the dragon fruit vines. Mr. Pal explained the life cycle of the dragon fruit plant and the various stages of its growth. I learned that each plant can produce multiple harvests in a year, with each fruit taking around 30 to 50 days to mature. Mr. Pal shared fascinating insights about the dragon fruit plants, their life cycle, and the various varieties grown on the farm. I marvelled at the stunningly vibrant pink, yellow, and white dragon fruits that dangled from the cactus-like branches.


Conclusion: A Journey to Remember

My visit to the organic dragon fruit farm in Kharagpur, West Bengal, was an enchanting experience that offered a deeper understanding of the trellis method of dragon fruit cultivation. The farm's commitment to organic farming, coupled with their innovative techniques, resulted in the production of high-quality, vibrant dragon fruits.


You can find more information about my visit to Pal's Organic Dragon Fruit Farm on my YouTube video. Make sure to Like, Share, and Subscribe!



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