22th October 2013, Bengaluru
A National Meet on Fruit Crops: Farmers, Traders and Researchers Interface was organized by the Horticulture Division of ICAR coordinated by Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru on October 22, 2013 at National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bengaluru..
The meeting was inaugurated by Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR. Dr. Ayyappan, emphasized on the role of Growers Associations in airing the common problems of fruit crops to be addressed through research. He expressed the need to create an ‘Agritech Foresight Centre’ which can foresee emerging challenges under the changing agrarian scenario. He commended the initiative taken by Horticulture Division in respect of fruit crops and opined that such interactive meetings are necessary for other commodities too. Sri C. Narayana Swamy, an organic fruit grower was the Chief Guest. He stressed the importance of organic production of fruit crops wherever feasible.
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort), ICAR in his opening remarks emphasized that all the stakeholders of fruit crops should look into the serious issues concerning production and marketing of fruit crops. The meet was graced by the presence of Dr. S. B. Dandin, Vice Chancellor of University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, Dr S.K. Malhotra, ADG (Hort-II) & Horticulture Commissioner(I/C) and; Mr. Sopan Kanchan, President, Confederation of Indian Horticulture.
In the technical session, problems of fruit crops like mango, banana, Citrus, grapes, guava, sapota, papaya, pomegranate, apple, other temperate fruits, cashew, Annona, aonla and rambutan etc. were discussed. The Office bearers of respective fruit growers associations and progressive farmers narrated the problems and a panel of expert scientists under the chairpersonship of Dr Y.N. Reddy, Ex Principal, ANGRAU, Hyderabad, responded.
All the stake holders, viz. farmers, traders and researchers participated in the meet and deliberated on various issues of concern to develop a road map to face the challenges ahead.
(Source: Horticulture Division, ICAR)