‘Allahabadi’ Sebia and Surkha forms of guavas identified for their distinct color, aroma and style are usually not solely in style all through the nation however at the moment are more and more additionally beginning to have demand from overseas international locations.
For the primary time, orders for these in addition to Safeda number of Prayagraj guavas have been obtained from England and Dubai with each international locations requesting 10 quintals every, affirm state horticulture division officers.
These new orders have come shut on the heels of a 6,000 kg cargo of those very guavas being despatched to Oman only a few weeks in the past, they add. Surkha guava was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2007-2008 and continues to be a favorite amongst individuals.
Deputy director, division of horticulture, Krishna Mohan Chaudhary stated, “The demand for 10 quintals every of ‘Allahabadi’ guavas has come from England and Dubai. Orders from these two international locations have been obtained for the primary time.”
“Dubai has particularly ordered the Surkha selection, whereas the individuals of England have ordered Sebia and Safeda varieties,” he added. The consignment of guavas is scheduled to be despatched by a cargo ship by means of a non-public firm based mostly in Prayagraj by February 20. He stated there’s vital enthusiasm amongst guava growers as a result of growing demand for their produce.
The explanation for this enthusiasm is that guava costs vary from ₹80 to ₹100 per kg in Prayagraj and surrounding markets, whereas the corporate is providing ₹120 per kg for the guavas to be exported. This additionally allows farmers to avoid wasting on freight prices, obtain an elevated worth and bypass the intermediary by promoting immediately from the orchard.
In response to the substantial demand for ‘Allahabadi’ guavas overseas, the horticulture division plans to supply additional coaching to farmers. On January 24, a coaching camp shall be organised in Chail, Kaushambi district, well-known for its fruit belt.
Vijay Kishore Singh, horticulturist and coaching in-charge at Khusrobagh— identified for its nursery and coaching of ‘Allahabadi’ guava farmers—underlined the necessity for care relating to high quality and upkeep of guava when sending it overseas. Accordingly, farmers shall be educated in cover administration, growing the dimensions of fruits, illness prevention and nutrient administration.
The guavas are presently grown by over 2,000 farmers in gardens unfold throughout 3000 hectares in Prayagraj and Kaushambi districts of the area.