The local farmers who grow dragon fruit using underground water in Kyaukse Township are successfully cultivating the dragon fruits and fetching a good income.
Now, dragon fruits are being grown across the country. There are three types of dragon fruit species — white, yellow and red.
“I have grown about 2,000 red dragon fruit species plants. The cultivation of them cost K2.2 million, including nursery plants and cultivation charges. After growing dragon fruits for three months, the plants needed to be fertilized. The dragon fruits are water-loving plants that need to be irrigated to keep the soil moist,” said U San Myint, a dragon fruit grower.
After one year, the fruits can be started to pick up. One box of dragon fruits contains 28 fruits if it is a big one and 32 fruits if it is a small one, which is priced between K12,000 or 15,000. If the plants have cared well, they can be harvested and sold for up to 17 years. —Thet Maung (Kyaukse)/GNLM