Dragon fruit cultivation which Mukti ventured into as a pilot project months ago has reaped a successful harvest. Approximately 2,000 plants are bearing 130-140 fruits. Roughly after a month, the fruits will ripen.
Mukti had planted 2,000 Dragon fruit plants on the countryside slope of the 1.5 km river embankment stretching from the Nagendrapur GP office to the Mukti Library office at Purba Sridharpur. As Dragon Fruit flowers are night bloomers and not capable of self-pollination Mukti workers pollinated the plants and after 45 days the plants started bearing fruits.
Dragon fruit cultivation can be a viable livelihood option for farmers of Sundarban. Mukti, with an aim to support the farmers and to initiate a sustainable livelihood opportunity for them, has ventured into the initiative. Mukti hopes that Mukti progressive farmers can earn profit by cultivating this continuously growing high-demand fruit.