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Dragon Fruit from Gujarat, West Bengal exported to London, Bahrain

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New Delhi: Farmers of Gujarat and West Bengal are a happy lot as their exotic Dragon Fruit consignment has been exported for the very first time to London and Kingdom of Bahrain.

Dragon fruit also referred as Kamalam was sourced from farmers of Kutch region and exported by APEDA to London, United Kingdom. The consignment of ‘dragon fruit’ exported to Kingdom of Bahrain was sourced from the farmers of West Midnapore (West Bengal).

Due to high export value, the exotic ‘dragon fruit’ has become increasingly popular in recent years in the country and it has been taken up for cultivation by farmers in different states.

Earlier in June 2021, a consignment of ‘dragon fruit’ that was sourced from the farmers of Tadasar village, Sangli district, Maharashtra was exported to Dubai by APEDA recognized exporter.

About Dragon Fruit

There are three main varieties of dragon fruit: white flesh with pink skin, red flesh with pink skin, and white flesh with yellow skin. However, the red and white flesh is typically being relished by the consumers.

States growing Dragon Fruit

At present, dragon fruit is grown mostly in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. West Bengal is new to taking up cultivation of this exotic fruit.

About APEDA

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) promotes exports of agricultural & processed food products by providing assistance to the exporters under various components such as Infrastructure Development, Quality Development and Market Development. Apart from this the Department of Commerce also supports exports through various schemes like Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme, Market Access Initiative etc.

Inputs from GoI release

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