Thailand: Brothers reap gold with exotic fruits

Climatic barriers proved no deterrent for the two brothers from Charpali village under Padampur block in Bargarh district, Sujit Biswal (33) and Ajit Biswal (30), who have reaped gold with some of the exotic varieties of fruits like Thailand Guava, strawberries and water apple in last two years. Furthermore, the brother duo has also scripted success story by taking up a range of vegetable farming using modern horticultural practices in their village. With their efforts, they have set an example for many youths in their village and some of them have now even joined them.

Earlier in 2012, their father, Kambupani Biswal was also recognized as a progressive farmer by the state government for his efforts in farming. 

"We started off with seasonal fruits and vegetables that suit the climate of the region. However, it was in 2018, we decided to try growing first exotic fruit, the Thailand variety of guava that are very large in size and need a colder weather to grow. We had sourced 100 saplings for Guava from Raipur and grew it over 25 decimals of land. But we were skeptical if these will bear fruit because of the hot climatic conditions. However, after researching on, it we found a few techniques that could assure a good fruiting and fortunately it worked," says Ajit Biswal. 

"After being successful in guava, last year we also experimented strawberry farming using poly house technique. We brought around 400 strawberry saplings for the first time, which started bearing fruits earlier this year. Besides, we distributed a lot of it in their village. This year, we have experimented with Kashmiri Water Apple and Dragon fruit. While the water apple plants have already started bearing fruit, we are expecting the dragon fruit to grow shortly." 

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