Shri Hariman Sharma a renowned progressive farmer of HRMN-99 Variety Apple from Paniala village of Bilaspur district has developed an apple variety that can be grown in plain, tropical and subtropical areas. This apple variety does not require chilling hours for flowering and fruit setting. He has become a source of inspiration for thousands of farmers and agriculturists of Bilaspur and other lower hill districts of the state, the areas which earlier could never dream of growing the apple fruits.
During 1999, Shri Hariman Sharma observed a fruit bearing apple seedling in his courtyard. The seeds in the courtyard were disposed by him in the year 1998 which was purchased from the village Gumarvi-Bilaspur district. Being an innovative farmer he could sense that the apple tree bearing fruit at a warm place like Paniyala situated 1,800 feet from sea level was an extra ordinary observation. Therefore he preserved the plant. Next year he took some branches and grafted them on a plum tree due to non-availability of apple tree. Grafting was successful and fruit quality was good. In 2004-05 he brought some crab apple seedlings from Shimla and grafted the same. He created a mini orchard of apple trees which are continuing to bear fruits till today.
Salient features of HRMN-99
Grows in low altitude at 1800 feet above the sea level and does not require chilling hours.
Average yield (1 quintal /plant from 7 year old plant)
- Contact Person:
- Mr Tushar Garg (Senior Fellow)
- National Innovation Foundation - India Grambharti, Amrapur, Gandhinagar-Mahudi Road,