'Eat a berry every day, drive the doctor away', 'Bora Man' planted thousands of trees to save them

'Eat a berry every day, drive the doctor away', 'Bora Man' planted thousands of trees to save them

, Plum… This is the same fruit that Shabri had picked from the forests and fed to Lord Shri Ram. Its religious importance may remain in our lives today, but both its usefulness and availability in diet and practice have disappeared. Almost out of the category of seasonal fruits. In such a situation, the youth of Pune has taken the initiative to preserve it. This is 37-year-old Praveen Thete. In Maharashtra, he is known as 'Bora or Boras Man'. Thousands of plum trees have been planted in the last six years. Initially, people considered this passion of his as a hobby for a short time, but seeing his increasing efforts year after year, it is now being discussed among the people. His efforts have attracted the attention of agricultural scientists to nature lovers of Maharashtra.

MBA in Marketing Praveen believes that marketing a good thing is very important to make it reach the people. Comparing berries with apples, he says that apple fruit is a tasteless fruit. It contains little to no vitamins. In comparison, plum or wild Jamun is many times better. He says that after converting the famous English proverb, it should be said that eat a berry every day and keep the doctor away. He also promotes it fiercely. Praveen, who has planted thousands of plum trees in Maharashtra and Goa as well as parts of Rajasthan, has inherited farming qualities. He says I come from an agricultural background. We used to grow onions, wheat, and grapes. Since I grew up in Nashik, I have tasted wild berries (jamun, tamarind, plum, etc.). Maybe that's why I got the urge to save it.

The campaign started after joining the tree plantation campaign
During his MBA studies in the year 2012, Praveen started going on various tree plantation drives in his spare time. After that, he joined CEE (Center for Environmental Education) as a field officer. After that, he used to take the children to the hills of Sahyadri and collect Jamun, tamarind, plum, etc. At the same time, collecting small saplings from there, and started planting them at another place. Within a few days, this tree easily started growing in the new place. It was only after this that it was felt that these varieties are compatible with our nature, since then they have been in existence for thousands (maybe millions) years. However, with the cutting of forests, their existence has become threatened.

People of Baner village inspired
Talking to the local farmers of Baner village during the tree plantation campaign in the year 2014-15, they told that the number of plum trees is continuously decreasing. There was a time when every farmer of the village had 1000 to 2000 ber trees, but today their number is less than 50-100. That too is with only a few selected farmers. In terms of vitamin content, Amla and berry are far better than other fruits, but due to lack of proper promotion, they are not getting the market now. After being aware of all these facts, Praveen made up his mind to start a campaign to save the plum trees.


700 plants planted at home
Plantation Praveen started his campaign from home to home. At home, he grew about 600-700 plum plants. After that distributed its saplings among people and friends in Baner village, Sahatara, and Goa. In the year 2018, Savitribai Phule planted 3,000 saplings in a government nursery near Pune University. These plants were later given to various government offices of the Government of Maharashtra so that they could grow on their premises. Due to Corona, this sequence got broken a bit, but now once again the effort has started to speed up this campaign.

Documentation of 54 varieties of plum
The attachment to plums can be gauged from the fact that Praveen has documented 54 classifications of them on the basis of their taste, color, and vitamin content. Sharing his experience, he says that four out of six berries have different tastes in these fruits. For example, our palates can taste it. For example: sweet, sour, bitter, moderate, or sometimes astringent. According to Praveen, the seeds for sowing have been collected and the taste of 54 varieties of plum has been documented.

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