Rare variety of mango in central India attracts visitors

Noor Jahan, a rear variety of mango weighing over 4 kilograms has become an object of amusement among people in Alirajpur district in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh.

ALIRAJPUR, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA (MAY 23, 2015) (ANI) – Noor Jahan, a rare variety of mango weighing over 4 kilograms has become an object of amusement among people in Alirajpur district in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh.

The mango, which is popular not only in India but overseas as well, grows upto one feet in length and upto 19 inches in breadth.

The owner of the mango orchard that grows Noor Jahan has received various awards including the national award.

“Because of the rare fruit, I received national and state level awards. I haven’t received any help from the administration but when the then (state) minister Kunwar Vijay Shah visited he gave direction to his workers about tissue culture, development and that I should be taken to research centre like the one in Lucknow but has received no help yet,” said the orchard owner, Shivraj Singh.

He also expressed concern over lack of encouragement from the government to cultivate such rare varieties of fruits.

Meanwhile, people visiting Singh’s orchard credit the fruit for making Alirajpur popular.

“The government should give importance to the rare species and the saplings of the plant should be distributed in the tribal region so that more and more plants can grow. The government should patent and brand the fruit so that its popularity increases because this variety doesn’t grow across nation and is found only here,” said a local, Jawahar Kothari.

The Noor Jahan sapling was brought to Alirajpur from neighbouring Gujarat state, said Singh.