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15 October, 2014
NOW – A HORTICULTURAL WONDER AT TUMKUR,
Tumkur is a small town in Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of 70 kilometers northwest of Bengaluru, along National Highway 206. It is the headquarters of the Tumkur district.
Entry to Tumkur city
Tumkur has a typical tropical climate. The weather remains warm throughout the year. There is no winter in this area. Among others, coconut is one of the cash crops of this area. As we all know, coconut is a tropical plant.
There is a farm belonging to a progressive farmer Gangadhar Murthy located at ……… on the outskirts of Tumkur. Here you will see a horticultural wonder, like the one at Batu, Indonesia, about which we had told you in the last issue of FRUITWORLD Online. But here you see apple trees growing and fruiting alongwith coconuts.
Horticultural wonder – Apple and coconut trees growing side by side at Tumkur.
Gangadhar Muthy was one of the first farmers to believe the apparently unbelievable and to agree to try the cold area fruit apple at tropical Tumkur in 2012 when I sent the first shipment of 300 apple saplings from Himachal Pradesh to try in tropical climate on the pattern of Batu, Indonesia. The results are before you.
Mr. Gangadhar Murthy with apples at his farm.
Encouraged by his success, Mr. Murthy has plans to have a commercial apple orchard at Tumkur. His success story received a lot of media coverage too and he is now known as apple wizard of the area. He receives a stream of visitors from all over Karanataka who are coming to him for getting clue for cultivating apples.
Visitors at Gangadhar Murthy’s orchard at Tumkur.
A fruit nearing maturity ay Gangadhar Murthy’f farm.
Gangadhar Murthy with Dr. Chiranjit Parmar at his farm.