7th September 2013, Bengaluru
A Field Day on ‘Improved Vegetable varieties/F1 hybrids and production technology’ was organized on September 7, 2013 by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru.
Dr. A.T. Sadashiva, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Vegetable Crops introduced recently-released 44 high yielding varieties and hybrids in 22 vegetable crops. He said that 96 improved varieties including 19 high yielding F1 hybrids have been released from IIHR since its inception in 1968. Seeds of all varieties /F1 hybrids including recently introduced mini seed kit with 10 vegetables, radish, French beans, dolichos bean, tomato, brinjal, chilli, okra, palak, onion and amaranth is available.
On this occasion high-yielding triple disease resistant varieties/hybrids of tomato, chilli, brinjal, onion, bean, dolichos, pea, palak, coriander, Pumpkin were introduced. A Scientists-farmers interactive meeting and vegetable demonstration was also organized. Farmers asked questions about new varieties and scientists advised them to adopt scientific farming.
Chief Guest Mr. M.K. Shankarlinge Gowda, Principal Secretary Horticulture, informed that IIHR would provide a kit comprising seeds of 10 important vegetables to every garden in Bidar, Gulbarga, Koppal, Yadgiri, Raichur and Bellary districts to ensure availability of the required nutrition to people, especially children and women. He said that department had earmarked Rs. 2.5 crore for distribution of seeds and seedlings of the vegetables.
Dr. D.L. Maheshwar, Director, Department of Horticulture, Dr. Premnath, Chairman, PNASF, Shri Bose Mandanna, Vice-president (Coffee Board), Dr. A.S. Sidhu, Director, IIHR, Dr. Premnath, Mr. M.K. Shankarlinge Gowda, Dr. D.L. Maheshwar with over 50 scientists and 300 farmers participated in Field Day Programme. Dr. T.S. Aghora, Principal Scientist proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bengaluru.)