The Homa farm of Mr. Ramesh Chandra Tiwari has set an example in Unnao District. This farm is free of plagues and diseases and has an excellent production.
Mr. Tiwari has noted a very rare phenomenon on about 10 trees in his orchard. The mango fruits are growing directly from the branch instead of from the cluster of leaves at the end of the branches. Dr. Pathak, chief of National Horticulture Mission, said he had never before observed this phenomenon on a mango tree.
Photo right: Mr. Tiwari proudly shows his Homa mango farm to visitors, Newspapers and TV, who have written several articles and broadcasted a documentary about this pioneer in Homa agriculture in the mango belt of India.
Excellent mango production. Total production was 70 tons of mangos, from 8 acres (3.3 ha) in off year of production.
Large in size, sweet, tasty.
Weight between 500 and 900g. No diseases, no die-back, no mango hopper, no mealy bug.
Weeds which were formerly a problem, have totally cleared up naturally.
Photo from left to right: A happy worker, Dr. Pathak from the National Horticulture Mission, Ann Godfrey and Karin Heschl (sitting) from FP Mission documenting the Homa farming results.
Note: All of the Conventional mango farmers in the Unnao District have problems with diseases and pests like mango hopper and mealy bug. Recently a new pest has come which is a caterpillar making something similar to spider webs in the trees and thus cutting off the new shoots. In the local language it is called ‘Chaala’. The quantity and quality of production of the conventional mango farmers is therefore greatly reduced.
Mr. Ramesh Chandra Tiwari
Village: Khanpursirauli, Post: Hasanganj, District: Unnao, U.P.,