A more than exceptionally old mango tree holds influence over Rataul town in Uttar Pradesh’ Baghpat region. Numerous have taken asylum in its shade.
In spite of the fact that it never again proves to be fruitful, it is the thing that the villagers portray as the ‘Janak (King) of the renowned Rataul mango’.
Despite the fact that there are numerous stories about its starting point, no one is certain who really planted it.
What is known, nonetheless, is that when Choudhary Aziz Shahab his came back to the town subsequent to finishing his bury school in 1900, he saw this mango tree in its earliest stages close to one of the homesteads. He requested that a cultivator join the plant, and in a year, four mango trees grew. Consequently started the young man’s relationship with mangoes.
A long time later, Choudhary Aziz & CH. Mosam from his activity and committed his life to this ‘sweet mission’.
After his marriage, he set up a mango nursery dedicated Shohra-E-Aziz in 1928 and got it enrolled in 1930. He named this mango assortment Anwar Rataul, now prevalently referred to just as the Rataul mango.
It is said that Choudhary Aziz was so enthusiastic about this ruler of organic products that he could tell the assortment just by noticing orbiting the leaves of the trees. Also, the credit for expediting this town the mango guide of India goes to him.
Today the town, arranged around 21 km from Delhi, is known far and wide predominantly for this assortment of mango, albeit a few different writes are likewise become here.
Despite the fact that mango producers in Rataul have won various prizes in India and abroad and even held mango celebrations, the Rataul mango is yet to catch a prime place in the market as do the numerous different assortments, mourns Choudhary Aziz, grandson, Choudhary Asfaq Shahab.
Ashfaq Shahab, similarly enthusiastic about mangoes, has been attempting his best to save the assortment his granddad proliferated. “The incongruity is this very assortment of mango was skilled to Indira Gandhi by Pakistan President Zia ul Haq, despite the fact that its beginnings are in India.”
What is further frustrating for Ashfaq Shahab, who was prior the Numberdar of Rataul, is that he isn’t getting any assistance from the experts to advance this assortment of mango. In spite of the fact that little in the measure it is scrumptiously sweet, vouch for the general population who have tasted it.
“On the off chance that exclusive saplings of the Rataul mango were produced in government nurseries like alternate assortments of mango are. At that point an ever-increasing number of individuals would get the opportunity to eat it,” Ashfaq Shahab says.
He has additionally been thumping on the entryways of the specialists worried for an appropriation to create nurseries in the town, as this will give work to young fellows.
He says that at one time in excess of 80 percent of the populace in the town drew its pay from mango plantations. Presently, with contracting land possessions and the populace expanding to about 40,000, the more youthful age is left with no decision, however, to take up employment somewhere else.
Ashfaq Shahab needs to guarantee that the first tree that brought forth the ‘Rataul mango’ does not rot or move toward becoming evacuated.
Playing it safe, he is wanting to embrace a DNA profiling of the mother tree for the records.
He has additionally purchased the land encompassing the tree to build up a learning park, where the historical backdrop of the tree will be recorded in solid metal.
“I need each bystander to see the mango tree that changed the economy of Rataul and protect the heritage of the mango the town is known for,” he says with conviction.