Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Shimla organized a one day interactive workshop on 12.3.2011 at Kotkhai, the major apple growing area of Shimla district. Dr. K.D. Kokate, DDG (AE) was the chief guest on this occasion and he was accompanied by Dr. A.M Narula, ZPD, Zone-1. More than 125 farmers/orchardists from various farmer groups, panchyat pardhan, Block Development Committee and officers of line department participated in this workshop. Dr. Kokate interacted with apple growers and outlined various new initiatives of the ICAR to boost up the cultivation of apple fruits. He emphasized that recommendations to the resource poor farmers should be less vulnerable to weather and other factors to avoid risk. He also stressed upon for high density planting in apple and use of suitable clonal root-stocks as per recommendations. Dr. Narula defined the role of KVK in the district for refinement of technologies.
(Source: Zonal Coordination Unit, Ludhana Email: zcu1ldhgmail [dot] com)