With wide variety of foreign fruits, this 'Garden of Eden' in Edappatta is all set to attract people
Kottakkal (Malappuram): The fruit orchard in Edappatta here gives a visual treat for the people. Owned by Muhammed Ashraf aka KC Bapputty, there are numerous foreign fruit varieties growing in the orchard. Dragon fruit, durian, mangosteen, dates, Indian jujube, Thailand rose apple, jaboticaba, Lebanese orange, West Indian cherry, peanut butter, pear apple and hundreds of other varieties can be seen here.
The 20-acre land was a coconut plantation earlier. A fruit vendor, Muhammed Ashraf thought of cultivating foreign fruits here instead of importing them. When he discussed it with agriculture officer T T Thomas, he offered full support. Thus Ashraf purchased the land and started farming.
He cultivated the saplings brought from agriculture universities in India and imported saplings. Also a nursery was started to help the new farmers. Bone manure, cow dung powder and neem cake are used as fertilizer. Chemical fertilizer is used only after soil test is performed.
Now Ashraf and his teammates are happy to get stunning yield than they expected. There were 500 dragon fruit plants. 2000 kilogram of fruits was harvested in the beginning itself. One kilogram of fruit fetches upto Rs 300.
Also there are 100 Indian jujube plants. Over 500 kilogram of fruits was harvested. About 1.5 tonnes of fruits could be harvested from 250 Lebanese lime plants, an orange variety. Ashraf plans to turn the orchard into a farm tourist centre including activities like horse riding.