Kalimullah Khan(India’s Mango Man) is inspired by hybrid rose bushes. This is an incomparable mango tree. In a nursery near Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the canopy of the tall trees is big enough for 15 people to have a picnic, and the branches are covered with fruit.
However, unlike tall young trees, the texture of the leaves on each branch is different: some are dark green or olive green; some are dark green or olive green.
Others are full of energy. The handles on each branch also look different: round, oval, or kidney-shaped, some are green, some are yellow, and some are orange, pink, and purple. That’s because there are over 300 varieties of this magical mango tree.
Through a video call, 80-year-old Kalimullah Khan (Kalimullah Khan) was called the “Mango Man” and introduced me to his creation. He was short and plump, his beard pierced in impeccable white kurta pajamas.
He sat under the canopy and pointed out its variants. Each variant was identified by a small tag on the green pedicle: freshwater mangoes in nearby villages, Himsagar in West Bengal, and more Langra in Har state. Of course, the acclaimed Alfonso mango is in high demand for its sweet, creamy, saffron-colored pulp at home and abroad. Khan’s mango farm is located in Malihabad, a great mango belt and a mango lover’s paradise in North India, with over 10,000 hectares (38 square miles) of mango farms.
The Indian Persian poet Amir Khusro (Amir Khusro) called mangoes. Mangoes are native to India and their tropical and subtropical climates are “the most beautiful fruit in Hindustan.” Intensive planting began a few centuries ago under the rule of the Mughal Empire. India remains the world’s largest mango producer, planting more than 1,000 varieties, representing more than 40% of production. With the help of his son, Khan cultivated 22 acres of farmland that his grandfather first planted in the early 1900s.
When Khan dropped out of high school and worked his entire life, the family only planted two local varieties, as did the nearby mango farm. At 15, Khan saw hybrid roses in his friend’s garden, one of the roses had flowers of different colors, so he planted the seeds of his obsession with mango grafting.
He wanted to know if a tree could still produce different types of fruit. Naturally, I want to copy what I saw in the rose bush of the mango tree. He said. He was 17 years old when he grafted seven types of mangoes onto a mango tree. One tree. When the flood killed the tree, he was heartbroken but decided to learn more about grafting.
This is where he is. Learned from home gardens. In everything, The world, farmers, and gardeners use grafting techniques to fuse the roots and base of one plant with the buds and top of another. This is a fast and reliable breeding method that can potentially combine the best characteristics of the two Plants To a new hybrid tree In 1987, he began grafting different varieties of cuttings onto a 100-year-old mango tree.
He collected samples from all over the country to find rare species. Khan said that this tree now has more than 300 types of mangoes planted. Khan said, “This miraculous tree is not just a tree, it is an orchard, a universe,” Khan said. I asked Khan how to protect trees from birds and insects. Said, “I won’t scare you away.”
“The gift of nature is something that everyone can share.” Khan and his son pack produce in boxes to sell and export during the harvest season, but they don’t. The fruit of the miracle tree will be given to visitors here for free. The traits and qualities of mangoes that sprout from the same seed can be completely different.
Khan said, he spoke eloquently to all kinds of mangoes, as if he were his favorite son. In addition to grafting, he also grew new mango varieties, tested taste and texture, and often tried out innovative names. He named the new mango in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Namo Aam) and Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai. “I relied on the famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who made a call to express his happiness and gratitude,” Khan said. Recently, due to the work of the first responders during the pandemic, he named the two new mangoes “doctor aam” and “police aam”.
Khan has had celebrities visit the farm and win numerous awards, including Padma Shri, one of India’s most important civilians. Awards and records in the “Linka Registry”. He visited Dubai and Iran to teach the art of grafting. In 1999, he created more than 54 mango trees for the Mughal gardens attached to Rastrapathi Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. common.
D.K. He said, “This is just art and has no commercial value.” Sharma, the vice president of the Mango Growers Association of India, criticized Khan’s work as cosmetics and did not benefit the growers. Khan disagrees, noting that grafting is very common in commercial fruit and nut production because farmers and growers want the consistency rather than variability from planting seeds.
He believes that this is an art of practical value. I hope that people can somehow eat the fruits of my labor and benefit from it. “That is the beauty of nature.” It has been giving. “
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