Kiwi Wine “Naara- Aaba”
Tage Rita Takhe, an entrepreneur from Ziro has successfully commercialized the indigenously produced wine fermented from locally grown Kiwi fruit. In order to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship she gave up her state government job. As for any business, the beginning of the journey was not easy for her either. It was difficult to convince the local farmers, who are mostly engaged in rice cultivation to shift towards Kiwi farming. She had to research on the wine production. For production, the machinery was brought in from Italy. It is interesting to note that she had traveled all over India in order to get her the perfect bottle design for her beverage. But, the hard work paid off. Now, the Kiwi wine Naara-Aaba has become a household name in the state.
Kiwi Wine Price
If one wishes to taste the wine, you can buy kiwi wine Naara-Aaba from here. The price per bottle which which is 750 ml is Rs.1200/- at ziro and Rs. 1500/- in other parts.
Kiwi Wine Benefit
7 Health Benefits of Kiwi
- Helps treat asthma.
- Aids digestion.
- Boosts immune system.
- Helps prevent sickness.
- Manages blood pressure.
- Reduces blood clotting.
- Protects against vision loss.
How to start Kiwi Plantation.
The climatic condition of most part of North east India is suitable for kiwi farming. It requires-
- Fertile, well-drained soils
- Shelter from the wind
- Adequate moisture year-round
- Protection from autumn and spring frosts.
Suitable soil for Kiwi Farming
The well-drained yellow loamy soil is suitable, but require regular nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium once the vines starts to grow. Orchards are normally fertilized with 200 kg of nitrogen, 55 kg of phosphorus and 100-150 kg of potassium per hectare in spring and early summer.
Best Season for Planting Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi planting usually takes place in the month of January. The planting must take place at the same depth at . The soil should be placed tightly around the roots in order to prevent it from being uprooted. The plants are trimmed to approximately 30 cm in order to foster strong growth.
Spacing for Kiwi plants
Kiwi planting range varies by variety and training method. For planting, the T-bar and pergola design are generally adopted. A spacing of 4 m in T-bar. 5-6 m from row to row. In the pergola method, a spacing of 6 m is normal from plant to plant. It should be held from column to line. Male plants are spread throughout the orchard to ensure pollination, with planning ratios between male and female about 1:5.
Harvesting of Kiwi
Kiwi vine begins to grow at 4-5 years of age, while commercial production begins at 7-8 years of age. At a lower altitude, the fruits mature earlier and later in high altitudes due to temperature variation. Large-sized berries are picked first, while smaller ones are permitted to grow in size. The fruits are rubbed with a coarse cloth after harvesting in order to remove the stiff hair present on their surface. Afterward, in about two weeks, they lose their firmness and become edible.
Impact on economy of State
Like any business in large scale the endeavor of Mrs. Tage Rita Takhe has been successful to generate employment and revenue in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly at Ziro. Farmers who were mostly engaged in only rice cultivation are also taking up the kiwi farming because of the availability of market for their produce.