Well-ripened Azam Khan and sweet Kalam, brings the Mango Man
Lucknow: Hardly had the mango trees begun bearing fruit that the ‘mango man’ of Malihabad announced the launch of two new varieties of mangoes.
Grafting expert and Padma Shri awardee Haji Kaleemullah Khan, who is known for propagating mango varieties and giving them names of famous personalities, has come up with two new varieties this year. They are named after former President APJ Abdul Kalam and the firebrand leader of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) Azam Khan.
“I have grafted cross-breeds of ‘Husn-e-Aara’ and ‘Dussehri’ mangoes this season, and decided to give them the names of Abdul Kalam and Azam Khan,” said the 87-year-old horticulturist, who is based in the mango belt of Malihabad in Lucknow district of Uttar Pradesh.
“Kalam was the pride of India while Azam Khan did quite a commendable job as the Urban Development Minister, besides his controversial statements. This is my way of honouring them both, launching mangoes in their names in the market,” added the mango man during a telephonic conversation with newztrack.com.
- The two latest varieties will be available in the market this season.
- Kaleemullah was awarded Padma Shri for his immense contribution in mango grafting and cultivation.
- He had developed more than 300 varieties of mangoes on an individual tree.
- He has been honoured with several awards for mango grafting and cultivation.
- He dropped school after failing his class seventh exams and began managing his father’s mango business since then.
- He is considered as the ‘father of mango-grafting' and is a regular visitor across the globe, providing guidance about mangoes.