15-18th February 2018, Tiruchirappalli
The Fifth Group Discussion of the ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits was organized at the ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli, from 15th to 18thFebruary 2018 coinciding with ICAR-NRC for Banana’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Hort. Sci. & Crop Sci.) ICAR, in his inaugural address highlighted the increase in the production of horticulture crops in recent years and need to improve it further with quality production. He urged the delegates to work in collaboration, connecting all the stakeholders along the supply chain keeping in view the ICAR’s Vision 2030. He saidthe concerned institutes should focus in developing the ways and means to minimize the post-harvest losses in the value chain. He opined that there is a need for systematic investment in agriculture for the development and to bring a change in the farming systems to improve the life standard of the farmers.
The ICAR special invitee Dr. B.M.C. Reddy, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Dr. YSRHU was the guest of honour. He congratulated the ICAR-NRC for Banana for setting as an example and working for the farmers’ expectations and demands.
Dr. S. Uma, Director, ICAR-NRC for Banana, Tiruchirappalliin her address,briefed the 25 years of achievements of the ICAR-NRC for Banana.
Dr. Prakash Patil, Project Coordinator, ICAR-AICRP on Fruits, presented the progress of work done at the participating centres across the country on nine fruit crops (mango, Citrus, banana, guava, litchi, grapes, papaya, sapota and jackfruit).
Dr. S. Nagoor Ali Jinnah, NABARD while speaking about banana and its importance, had mentioned that they are supporting farmers and Farmer Producer Organisations for post-harvest management and are working-out to fund the projects with their R&D corpus funds.
The other invitees who spoke at the inaugural function were, Shri G.Ajeethan, Secretary, TN Banana Producers Co. Ltd., Mohanur; Shri EzhilanKaVe, CEO/Director, Greeneers Agro Prod. India Ltd., Tiruppur; Dr.S. Narayanan, Vice President,Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Udumalpet. During the inaugural function, a compact disc of monograph, ‘Insect and Mite Pests of Sapota in India’ was released.
Directors of ICAR Institutes and officials from ICAR Headquarters attended the Group Discussion and participated in the deliberations.
The research achievements made during 2016 & 2017 in relation to crop improvement, crop production and crop protection were reviewed in detail and the research programme for the mandate fruit crops for the year 2018–19 was finalized in addition to the identification of the technologies.
During this period, a total of 8 region-specific technologies were recommended, which include recommendations of superior Nendran clone in banana: ManjeriNendran-II, HDP technique for banana in Odisha to enhance productivity, organic source of nutrients (with reduced load on chemical fertilizers) for improved production in guava, organic nutrient schedule for banana, ways to economise the water in grape cv. Thompson Seedless on Dogridge and also in sweet orange, biological control of banana stem weevil (Odoiporuslongicollis) and integrated management schedule for PRSV in papaya. Status of post-harvest loss in mango, banana and grapes in hotspots were also estimated.
The event was attended by around 200 delegates from all the coordinating centres including farmers forfour-days.
(Source: Project Coordinator, ICAR-AICRP on Fruits, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru | Date: 23. Feb. 2018)