Meet the Mango Man of India

By: Vaishnavi Barthwal 

Haji Kaleem Ullah Khan is known as the Mango Man of India 

He is an Indian Horticulturist and fruit breeder

Using grafting techniques, he has grown over 300 different varieties of mangoes on a single tree

On his farm, a 120-year-old mango tree is home to 30 varieties of mangoes, each of which has a distinctive flavour, appearance, texture, and aroma

"For the naked eye, it's just a tree. But if you see through your mind, it's a tree, an orchard, and the biggest mango college in the world."

"This is my prize of toiling hard in the scorching sun for decades," he said in his orchard in the small town of Malihabad

His grafting technique entails chopping a branch from one variety, leaving an open incision, and then splicing and taping a branch from another variety into the wound.

He has named some of the varieties after eminent personalities including Sachin Tendulkar, PM Narendra Modi & Aishwarya Rai

Khan was awarded Padma Shri in 2008 because of his contributions to the field of horticulture.

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