Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday launched the ‘Bastar Papaya’ project in Bastar district.
The project covers 30 acres of land in the villages of Teerathgarh, Mamadpal and Munga in Darbha block. In each 10 acres, 5,500 papaya plants have been planted and now are in the fruit bearing stage. Baghel launched the project virtually during the bhoomi pujan and dedication of development works for Bastar, Bijapur and Sukma districts from his official residence-cum-office here, an official communication said.
He appreciated the efforts to promote horticulture, including chilly, in Bastar region. He asked the district Collector to develop a cold chain system in the district.
Teerathgarh Women Self Help Group member Hema Kashyap told the Chief Minister that the group hopes to earn Rs 1 crore income in one-and-a-half year from papaya sales.