Dragon Fruit - Increasing Attraction among Farmers and Consumers

A Dragon Fruit is a cactus species that grow in a tropical climate. This tropical fruit has increased its popularity in recent years. It is also known as pitaya (pitahaya) and is the fruit of several different cactus species indigenous to America. Pitaya usually refers to the fruit of the genus stenocerus, while pitahaya or dragon fruit refers to the fruit of the genus Hylocereus, both in the family Cactaceae. The flowers of Dragon fruit only open during the night so, dragon fruit growing on Hylocereus also known as the Honolulu queen or may be recognized by many names, including pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear. It is a native fruit to southern Mexico and Central America. Today, it is grown all over the world. The two most common types have bright red skin with green scales that resemble a dragon – hence the name commonly called Dragon Fruit. The most widely available variety has white pulp with black seeds, though a less common type with red pulp and black seeds exists as well. Although people primarily enjoy it for its unique look and taste, evidence shows that it provides health benefits as well.

Dragon Fruit - Increasing Attraction among Farmers and Consumers
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FAQs related to Dragon Fruit

Why farmers attracted to the cultivation of this fruit? How much return it would give in a short period of time? How to cultivate Red and White Dragon fruit? What is the procedure, land structure, climatic condition required, manure amount, and time for irrigation for the fruit to grow efficiently? How is the market demand? To what kind of patients does the fruit recommend for the beneficiary to their health? What are the benefits it provides? The solution to all these questions is tried to covered in this article.

Benefits of Dragon Fruit Farming

Farming of this helps to provide self-employment opportunities to unemployed manpower and to some extent help to solve the unemployment problem. Growing skills on how to grow Dragon Fruit would eventually help to convert it into an employment opportunity. Growing knowledge and interest in Dragon Fruit may encourage readers or inspired them to rethink to involve or to encourage people around on its farming. Dragon Fruit is famous for its unique taste. In addition to that, it has nutritional and medicinal value benefits to the human body.

Prospective in Nepalese context

Nepal is an agriculturally productive country as it has numerous productive fields and the majority of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. But still, the problem is people are not becoming independent economically utilizing productivity. Thus, require a drastic change in agricultural practice to improve people's economical and socio-political standards. There are many burning issues in the agricultural sector. Unless these problems are overcome with coordination among concern authority's other socio-economic and political standards remain as it is. So, changes should be made in such a way that each farmer feels secure while involving in his/her occupation. The implementation parts of planning on the agriculture sector for its improvement always remain unsatisfied. Economical prosperity of the country is also possible through the agriculture sector if encouraging policy like giving priority to interior products, help to provide market and secure easy availability of the market to local products and discourage imported goods.

People around you may not take it easily, suggest not to involve, or blame for wasting time and money while introducing a new product and most may not believe it would pay you back. However, some may observe curiously, closely and praise for the task carried on and try to catch the procedure for cultivating Dragon Fruits. Those you criticize for the task also begin to praise and inspire for the work you did when it turns into a successful task and gives outcomes. To check the land suitability for the Dragon Fruit, try cultivating on small scale in the initial phase and if it works well it can be extended to a larger scale. So, the attempt should be to provide an essential environment and care to the plant before getting a conclusion for its unsuitability.

Nobody can change his/her past but can change the future. That is possible by the activities you carried out today like involving in Dragon Fruit farming may bring change to your future. The course of your life changes with change in economic status, people's perceptions towards farming, etc. Dragon fruit farming does not require much fertile hand to cultivate but the interested partners and bare, comparatively less fertile land to begin cultivation.