BAU experiments with Avocado cultivation

Ranchi/Raj Kumar: Birsa Agriculture University has begun cultivation of Avocado, an exotic fruit that is rich in therapeutic values on pilot basis at his campus in Kanke. Chairman of BAU’s department of horticulture and associate dean of the horticulture college, Dr K K Jha on Sunday said that 15 plants have been sown in their nursery and they have now ordered 20 more from Kolkata to set up an orchard in BAU campus. Jha said, “Although the fruit has its origin in Mexico, but Jharkhand’s climatic condition too seemed suitable.”

It takes four to five years for the plant to bear fruits while the life of the plant extends anywhere between 25-30 years depending on the care and climatic conditions. “The fruit belongs to Lauraceae plant family is requires climatic conditions of 30-35 degrees. As far as water is concerned, initially it requires good amount of water during the growing stage but gradually it lessens. Given the normal average rainfall of over 1000mm in Jharkhand, it is also best suited for the fruit,” he said, adding that the fruit has large amounts of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. “The fruits commands high price in markets as it is priced anywhere above Rs 200 a kg,” he said.