21st June, 2019, Varanasi
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi organized the Pointed Gourd Field Day-cum-Kisan Gosthi at Haripur (Kaniyar) Village in Badagaon Block of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh today.
The event was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture Science), ICAR, New Delhi.
Dr. Singh along with the scientists of the ICAR-IIVR accompanied by about 100 vegetable growers from the nearby villages visited the demonstration plots of the pointed gourd varieties developed by the Institute in the village.
Dr. Singh stressed that the Eastern Uttar Pradesh in general, and Varanasi, Mirzapur, Gazipur and Ballia in particular, have great potential to grow the pointed gourd, but due to the low yield and more disease infestation in local cultivars, the area under this crop is reducing.
Dr. P.M. Singh, Head, Crop Improvement Division stated that the development and releasing of 3 promising varieties in the pointed gourd, viz., Kashi Alankar, Kashi Suphal and Kashi Amulya by the Institute. Dr. Singh highlighted that due to high yield (average productivity 230 q/ha) and quality, the varieties are widely accepted by the growers in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
He further stated that since its inception, around 102 improved varieties/hybrids in 27 vegetable crops along with the production and protection technologies have been developed by the Institute.
The farmers also shared their experience and success stories of ICAR-IIVR developed technologies during the occasion.
During technical session, the farmers’ problems in vegetable farming were discussed and were provided with the prompt solutions by the scientists.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi)