Ber' known as "Indian Jujube" is one of the hardy minor fruit crops which is suitable for cultivation in desiccate condition. This fruit is native to India and is called poor mans fruit in India. Here a farmer Shri Aminoor Islam is engaged in nursery business for the last 25 years. He planted it at a distance of 6ft x 6ft and obtained a yield of 33kg/plant in the first year itself. This kind of high yield encouraged him to multiply the planting material to 3500 by grafting and 6 acres land were brought under apple ber cultivation. He sold some plants to other farmers. After the great success he planted 2400 plants in 4 acres of land and in 2009 about 3,50,000 plants were multiplied. Now, he has a plan to prepare 5,00,000 plants. He achieved a high density of about 80kg and 25kg/plant in winter and rainy season from 3 year old plant and the same were 70 from 20kg/plant from 2 year old orchard. 

 
He did lots of hard work, timely operation of plant protection measures, used important inputs like irrigation, fertilizer and high yielding variety. This made him successful of apple ber farming. He was inspired by Bangladesh, because in 2007 he had founded the wonderful apple ber plant and from there he multiplied the same in his nursery in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. 

 

PAYAL GUPTA
KRISHI JAGRAN 
NEW DELHI 



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