The College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) in Arunachal Pradesh informed that the college has successfully cultivated two alien species of apple in the college farm. The cultivation was initiated by Dr L Wangchu, Head of the college’s Fruit Science Department, under the leadership of CHF Dean, Dr AK Pandey.
The two varieties – Anna (developed in Israel), and Dorsett Golden (developed in the Bahamas) – were brought from Solan in Himachal Pradesh and planted in the college farm. The College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) easily accomplished the cultivation of ‘low-chilling’ varieties of apple in the college farm.
The college further informed that these varieties are able to produce good apples even if they get less than 300 hours of chilling temperature at or below 7 degree Celsius, adding that the two varieties act as pollinator to each other.
At present, there is one apple block in the farm, with 100 plants. The plantation is expected to help the farmers of the State grow apples in warmer areas which will boost apple production in the State. The college states that it will give an economic boost to the poor sections of the society, as apple is costlier than most other fruits.