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3 reasons why should farmers venture into the Dragon Fruit?

It’s usually the case where exotic fruits are alluring to consumers in an abundant amount. However, can they be profitable to farmers? Can they bring out higher profits in agriculture, especially in Kenya? Dragon Fruit farming has been seen as an attractive investment opportunity since it’s a high income generating crop that requires very little work once established. Here are the 3 main reasons why farmers should venture into dragon fruit farming;

1) Easy to plant and maintain

Dragon fruit plants grow rapidly reaching their full height of 2-3 meters within three years. The dragon fruit has adapted to survive under harsh conditions, making them ideal for subsistence farming in the tropics where the soil is less fertile and therefore requires little care once established.

They have spines on their leaves which protect them from predators. They are also drought-resistant, but they do need sufficient water at some point during the year if continuously bearing fruits. If there is no irrigation source near your farm then you can plan for rain harvesting structures to cater to this water need. Farmers can easily get an abundant yield from this plant, which is another reason why it is a good investment.

2) Low input and high returns

Many farmers have been able to get a good return from exporting fruit because of the demand in many countries around the world. The fruit has become increasingly popular and is increasing in value in the local and export markets. So far, there is a low supply and a high demand for dragon fruits. This makes it ideal for small-scale investors who might not be able to invest large amounts of capital but want to benefit from agricultural exports. To maximize profits, farmers should process the fruit, using it to add value to various products such as energy bars, ice cream, yogurt, juices, pastries, and jelly.

A single fruit weighs between 600 grams and 1.2kg. A kilo of a dragon fruit retails for between Kshs. 750 and Kshs. 1000 making it one of the most expensive fruits. It’s so expensive because of its supply and demand factors, whereby consumers are willing to pay more just to get it even if they do not know what it tastes like.

3) High nutritional value hence a high demand

The fruit is a mix of crunchy and juicy textures. It contains high levels of vitamin C, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, or iron which are important for good health. The fruit also contains fiber that helps the body to absorb essential nutrients from food as well as regulate bowel function. This means that the farmers will benefit from their investment because they can easily sell these fruits without needing any processing expertise, thus creating a higher return on investment.

Recommendation for farmers

The above reasons are the main drivers which make dragon fruit lucrative to local farmers.  Because of its high demand in the market, one can easily get good returns on investment. However, there are some challenges which most farmers face like how to produce quality fruit for export and the best farm practices to apply when growing this crop.

We recommend that you should make use of local dragon fruit seedlings or rooted cuttings instead of using seeds since buying is more economical than getting the plant from an open field where it might have been exposed to diseases like bacterial wilt. Also, research on areas with suitable weather conditions before venturing into cultivation especially in terms of temperature and rainfall patterns.

Make sure you have a market for the produce before going into production since it takes up to 5 months from planting to harvesting. Ensure your farm is protected from birds and pests which can eat ripen fruits. Seek advice from established farmers who harvest regularly or experienced extension officers and know how to deal with any pest or disease that might affect your crop.

Farmers should do proper planning such as demand forecast, site selection and equipment purchase.

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What should I do to become a better fruit farmer?

Should one just purchase fruit tree seedlings and just plant? The answer is no, a good farmer knows what to plant at a particular season. A good farmer also knows why he/she is planting certain fruits and who his/her targets are. A good farmer also knows when to do the planting so that he/she can get the desired yield.

With short rains around the corner, it is crucial to purchase seedlings now so that by the time it is raining the fruit trees are already on the planted.

Why is it important to plant before it starts raining? Fruit tree seedlings always have sensitive root structure. Agronomists always recommended to never take the seedling from a favorable environment to a non-favorable environment.

Did you know planting before the full onset of the rains always comes with more pros than cons?

First, as a farmer you will have easy task in land preparation and also easy task during the planting.

Secondly, this helps you as the farmer to ensure full maximization of the rains from day one till the day when the last drop will be dropping.

Lastly, Planting the fruit trees before onset of rains aids with the proper root establishment in the soil so that in the event the rains happen to come in excess levels, then the plants have higher chances of evading root rot which is a serious disease common in water logged soils.

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For vigorous growth tree tomatoes prefer subtropical climate.

Tree tomatoes prefer subtropical climate. For vigorous growth, they require well-drained fertile soil which is rich in organic matter. The soil must be permeable since the plants are not tolerant to water-logging.

Tree tomatoes grow naturally on soils with a pH of 5 to 8.5 and do not tolerate tightly compacted soil. Although they can be planted under irrigation, rainfall between 600 and 4000 millimeters is suitable. The crop cannot survive in areas with prolonged drought and must have ample water during the dry season. Application of mulch retains moisture in a tree tomato plantation and also reduces weed growth.

Annual temperatures between 15 and 20 °C are ideal for tree tomato production. It is intolerant to frost (below -2 °C) and drought stress. Tree tomatoes grow well in altitude of between 1,500m to 3,000M above sea level.

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Did you know that Mango intake is therapeutic?


The History of Mango Fruit

The history of the mango tree can be traced back to the Bronze Age, or almost 4,000 years ago. Originally, a native of southern Asia, especially eastern India, the mango tree was introduced to Southeast Asian countries by Buddhist monks. Later, it was brought to Africa by the Portuguese, from where the mango tree spread across the world.

The English word ‘mango’ is an adaption of the Malayalam name for the fruit, which is ‘maanga‘. A member of the Anacardiaceae, or the cashew family, the scientific name of mango is Mangifera indica.

What are the medicinal benefits of mango leaves?

Now that you know the health benefits of eating mango, let’s look at some of the medicinal uses of mango leaves:

  • Decreases blood pressure: Extract of mango tree leaves has antihypertensive properties. As a result, having tea made with mango leaves a few times a day helps in decreasing blood pressure.
  • Helps in controlling diabetes: Tender mango leaves which are pink or purple in color are rich in tannins and anthocyanins. Juice of these mango leaves taken on an empty stomach in the morning helps in controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Treats oral problems: Clean a few old/mature mango leaves and boil them in water until the water turns slightly yellow. Add some salt to this water and rinse the mouth with it.
  • Eliminates free radicals: Mango tree leaves contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Consuming mango leaf extract can help eliminate free radicals and protect the body from oxidative damage.
  • Cleanses the stomach: Soak a few mango leaves in warm water and leave them overnight. Consuming this water on an empty stomach in the morning helps in cleansing the stomach and flushing out toxins from the body.

Other health benefits include;

  • Prevents anemia: Mango is rich in iron. Also, the vitamin C present in mango increases the absorption of iron.
  • Improves digestion: Being rich in fiber and polyphenols, mango aids in decreasing constipation and inflammation of the bowels.
  • Helps gain weight: Consuming mango with milk helps in nourishing the body and gaining weight.
  • Boosts immunity: Apart from vitamin C, mango also contains folate, zinc and vitamin B6. All these contribute greatly towards strengthening the immune system
  • Improves eyesight: Presence of an abundance of carotenoids which help in improving eyesight.
  • Keeps heart healthy: Mango is a good source of selenium and B6, both of which promote heart health.

What are the useful parts of the mango tree?

  • Mango bark: Consuming the powder of dried mango bark provides relief from diarrhea.
  • Mango gum: The gum obtained from the bark of the mango tree can be applied on cracked feet and areas affected by scabies.
  • Mango sap: The juice that oozes from the branch after plucking a mango can be applied on bee stings to relieve pain.
  • Mango seed: Obtained from mango seed, mango butter can be applied on the skin to soothe sunburns, remove and prevent stretch marks, heal scars and reduce wrinkles. It can also be used as a hair moisturizer. Mango seed extract has proved helpful in losing weight and decreasing obesity.

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