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The Papaya Man

Sudhir Chadha recreates agriculture in Uttaranchal

MAHESH CHANDRA DONIA  NOVEMBER 8, 2004 | UPDATED 20:39 IST


For three landless sharecroppers of Dhamora village in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, life was a hard grind, but after meeting Sudhir Chadha, it looks promising. They are set to earn Rs.1 lakh from their 2.6 acre rented papaya farm. Chadha's initiative has brought them new opportunities.


Chadha's tryst with papayas began in 1979, when he first grew 40 papaya plants on his father's 45-acre farm in Kaladhungi near the Jim Corbett tiger reserve. This sparked an interest in plant breeding-a course trod by few as it demands the expertise of a scientist and the skill of a seasoned farmer. But Chadha was successful and in 1986, he developed a dwarf papaya variety.


Christened Farm Selection-1, the variety's popularity soon spread.Fame followed closely behind, earning Chadha the sobriquet "Papaya Man" and the 1991 Innovative Farmers Award from ICAR. "He tests an idea with scientific precision and, after its viability is proven, goes about propagating it with a missionary zeal," says Professor Harihar Ram of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture, who taught him plant breeding.


Today, 48-year-old Chadha is one of India's most successful papaya growers, selling 700 tonnes of the fruit and 300 kg of seeds yearly. Papaya, however, is not his only calling card. First to introduce concepts like intercropping and green-house technology in Uttaranchal, Chadhahas also gained expertise in other areas.


He cultivates ornamental flowers, off-season vegetables, Taiwanese sweet corn, and herbs like safed musali. Respected by agricultural scientists, he plays a perfect mentor to farmers by providing them input, training and R&D support.


"Agriculture has to be run like a manufacturing unit to achieve economy of scale and profitability," says Chadha. In 1993 he set up Plantiss Agro in partnership with the state government. It was Uttaranchal's first stride into modern agriculture. No wonder Chief Secretary R.S. Tolia considers him an architect of modern agriculture in the region.


Chadha is now motivating households in the predominantly Dalit village of Dhapla to cultivate custard apples. "It is through building entrepreneurship among farmers like them that Uttaranchal can tap the immense potential agriculture holds," envisions Chadha. He is truly sowing the seeds of self-reliance as he uses his gift to bring the possibility of success to others.


Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sudhir-chadha-the-papaya-grower-recreated-agriculture-of-uttaranchal/1/195262.html

Apple–The beloved fruit of Uttarakhand

The apple must have foreign origins but it is now Uttarakhand pride..


August,18, 2013, Times of India. Ajay S Rawat.


The apple is a most popular temperate fruit and the markets these days are inundated with this fresh Himalayan delicacy. The best varieties of Uttarakhand, Tops Red, Red Chief, Red Fuji, Golden Delicious, Royal Delicious, and Red Delicious  are very popular in the country. Apple was introduced in India by the British but in Europe it was cultivated since ages immemorial. Sushil Kumar Thirani, the owner of Snow View orchard in Satbunga says “Though for thousand years the fruit must have been picked and eaten off the tree, the first evidence of apples being collected and brought home as food was discovered in now what is part of Turkey, where the remains of fruits have been found dating back to 6500 BCIn Uttarakhand, the climate and altitude here are ideally for apple orchards. It grows in temperate region between the altitudes 1500m to 2500m. Indu Mehta, who has researched apples, avers,  “ Apple Cultivation was promoted by the British with the establishment of Chaubatia Garden in Ranikhet in 1869 in the initial stages as an experimental nursery under the Forest Department. Mr  Craw was appointed as the first Superintendent . He introduces several fruit plants from Europe. The results were very encouraging and, thereafter, many species propagated here were further utilized by the planters in their estates.

In 1932 the Hill Fruit Research Station was set up in Chaubatia. This is the oldest Research Station of temperate fruits in India and has done excellent work in Improving the quality of apples even after Independence.


Apple is known as the king of temperate fruits and Uttarakhand may soon emerge as an apple hub provided there is enough support from the government. Agriculture scientist from Holland and Uttarakhand, in collaboration, developed a new breed that starts bearing fruit in thirteen months as compared to the traditional  trees that fruit in five years.

Sudhir Chadha, the brain behind this venture and founder of the Indo-Dutch Horticulture technologies in Chaffi syas, “The biggest advantage is that they are virus free and in the first year, the yield is 1 to 2 kg, second year it is 5 to 7 kg and in the third year, 10 to 15 kg. they occupy less space and grow to a maximum height of ten feet. After second year, branching is introduced in the new variety; as they are planted north to south and are perpendicular to the growing, they are exposed more to the sun they are redder as compared to the traditional fruit”. If the farmers adapt this technology then we can export apples and compete in the international market.


India: A new short duration apple variety cheers farmers in Nainital

ANI News, 27th June,2008

Apple growers in Nainital are delighted as the agriculture scientists develop a new breed of the fruit that starts bearing fruit in a short span of a little more than a year. Agriculture scientists from Holland and Uttarakhand have developed a new variety of apple plant that can bear fruit in 13 months only. The research spanning three years has fructified in the development of M-9 and-111 varietirs of apple plants.

According to apple experts, these varieties can bear six to seven kilos of fruits in a short span of time and the production would increase manifold in the coming years.


The experts and the apple growers in the area hope to reap a bumper apple crop in the coming years.

"We expect that from one plant there would be at least five to seven kilo of production of apples. Next year, we expect that the production will increase. Five years from hence one plant would bear 40-50 kilograms of fruit. Earlier, only 100 plants could be planted, but now we can grow 700 plants in the same area. So, not only the number of plants has increased, but the production will also increase to 40-50 kilos from 25-30 kilograms. It is expected that 30,000 apples would begrown from one acre of land," said Sudhir Chaddha, an agriculture expert.


Cultivators who planted the saplings in the hills of Ramgarh on experimental basis are now extremely happy to see the desired results. They claim that the plant have started bearing fruits in only 13 months. It has brought cheer on the faces of apple growers who were of late not satisfied with the variety of apples they have been growing so far."We were not getting good rates from the old variety of apples. We planted around 200 plants hoping that it will yield good results. Now, we are happy with the output that the company has also given us loan to grow apples on ten acre of land," said Vinod Tyagi, an apple grower.


Apple industry is a major agro-economic player and source of employment for the hill state of Uttarakhand. Apple orchards are found mainly in Ramgarh Mukteshwar belt of Nainital. Other temperate fruits grown in Nainital are peach, pears, apricot, Kafal,trawberry, which make Nainital, a main fruit growing district of Uttarakhand.


Source: newstrackindia.com


Inauguration of Floriculture Project

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“I have enjoyed my visit to this project. It has been an educative experience. The potential for expansion of these activities is tremendous. I congratulate Shri Sudhir Chadha, SIDCUL and all the stakeholders in this pioneering Project and wish them every Success.”


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Horticulturists take to Zantedeschia farming in Uttarakhand

Source : ANI

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 04, 2012 16:30 hrs


In a bid to boost the production and export of Zantedeschia flower, the horticulturists here have engaged themselves in growing its seeds through the innovative process of tissue culture with multiple techniques.

The state government and the Horticulture department have installed a processing unit for growing seeds on a large scale.

The Director of Indo-Dutch Horticulture Park, Sudhir Chaddha, said the initiative had been launched as an experiment to reduce the import of Zantedeschia seeds and increase its export.

"We were trying to develop it from the last 7 to 8 years. Through the Indo-Dutch Horticulture Technology, the development of the seed has taken place. The production is of international level. I think we can promote the export of this flower," Chaddha said.

The Director also appreciated the enhanced quality and production of flowers through new technology.

"This is for the first time that this technology has been used. We are quite surprised with the increased production and enhanced quality. We can cultivate this flower on a wider scale in future. This is a new concept for the country," he added.

Zantedeschia flowers are popular and in great demand in New Zealand and Holland. The current standards within the country have opened the doors for its exports.The project would also facilitate the farmers to buy these seeds at lower prices.

The seeds, if exported would cost up to Rs.125 - 150, whereas the farmers could get the seeds grown within the state at Rs. 70 - 80.     (ANI)

A new Short Duration Apple Aariety cheers farmers in Nainital


Posted on: June 27th, 2008

Ramgarh (Nainital), 27 Jun 2008

Apple growers in Nainital are delighted as the agriculture scientists develop a new breed of the fruit that starts bearing fruit in a short span of a little more than a year.

Agriculture scientists from Holland and Uttarakhand have developed a new variety of apple plant that can bear fruit in 13 months only.

The research spanning three years has fructified in the development of M-9 and-111 varietirs of apple plants.

According to apple experts, these varieties can bear six to seven kilos of fruits in a short span of time and the production would increase manifold in the coming years.

The experts and the apple growers in the area hope to reap a bumper apple crop in the coming years.

“We expect that from one plant there would be at least five to seven kilo of production of apples. Next year, we expect that the production will increase. Five years from hence one plant would bear 40-50 kilograms of fruit. Earlier, only 100 plants could be planted, but now we can grow 700 plants in the same area. So, not only the number of plants has increased, but the production will also increase to 40-50 kilos from 25-30 kilograms. It is expected that 30,000 apples would be grown from one acre of land,” said Sudhir Chaddha, an agriculture expert.

Cultivators who planted the saplings in the hills of Ramgarh on experimental basis are now extremely happy to see the desired results. They claim that the plant have started bearing fruits in only 13 months.

It has brought cheer on the faces of apple growers who were of late not satisfied with the variety of apples they have been growing so far.”We were not getting good rates from the old variety of apples. We planted around 200 plants hoping that it will yield good results. Now, we are happy with the output that the company has also given us loan to grow apples on ten acre of land,” said Vinod Tyagi, an apple grower.

Apple industry is a major agro-economic player and source of employment for the hill state of Uttarakhand. Apple orchards are found mainly in Ramgarh Mukteshwar belt of Nainital.

Other temperate fruits grown in Nainital are peach, pears, apricot, Kafal,trawberry, which make Nainital, a main fruit growing district of Uttarakhand. (ANI)