Kiwi fruitfully introduced in Kalimpong

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,17th June
Kiwi, a berry type of fruit is successfully introduced at Dalapchand farm by Darjeeling Krishi Vigyan Kendra which operates under Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Kalimpong sub-division of Darjeeling hills.  M.W. Moktan, head of the kendra informed “that the altitude of the farm area is about 3000 feet MSL The planting materials have been brought from Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2014. The varieties are Alison, Haward, Monte and Bruno. He added despite normally the kiwi plant starts to bear after 3rd year of planting but plant starts to bear after 2nd year of planting in this region .
Kiwi plantation started for the first time in 2014 on an experimental basis appears to have borne fruit as farms are laden with the oval-shaped edible berries.
The crop is still under experimental observation and after maturity of the fruit; the analysis will be done in laboratory for its quality parameters. If the analysis result will be positive then the Kendra will take up bigger initiative to make the farmers aware about the crop and distribute the planting material in future for larger expansion of this high value crop in this region added Moktan
 This crop will definitely gives a high remuneration to the farmers of Darjeeling hills.  This fruit has good market potential and has a market value of about Rs.400 - 600 per kg (at Siliguri market) as we want to promote kiwi as an alternative commercial crop in the hills .
Recently a field day programme on Kiwi Fruits was conducted on where with more than 50 interested farmers from the different corners of the Kalimpong sub- division took part . Farmers were given knowledge on its package and practices.

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