INDIA: Farmers advised to raise mango, guava and papaya

by Sivaganga, The Hindu


The Department of Horticulture has proposed to take up high-density mango and guava cultivation and introduce hybrid papaya under National Horticulture Mission this year by offering a total subsidy of Rs. 3  crore (USD 446571.90) to farmers.


Addressing a district-level seminar on fruit cultivation here on Saturday, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries Board G. Baskaran exhorted the farmers to raise fruits by making the best use of red soil and water conditions.


Collector S. Malarvizhi, who chaired the seminar in the presence of Sivaganga MP P.R. Senthilnathan, said the farmers who were roped in for fruit cultivation, need not worry about marketing as they could get good prices for their produce without the intervention of middlemen in ‘Amma weekly sandhai’ to be established in the district.


J. Rajendran, Deputy Director, Horticulture, said they proposed to cultivate high-density mango on 100 hectares, hybrid papaya, introduced for the first time in the district, on 70 hectares and high-density guava on 20 hectares in S. Pudur, Singampunari, Sivaganga, Kallal and Tirupattur areas.


The department, which organised block-level ‘melas’ in the first week of August, had selected about 700 farmers, he said adding these farmers were taught canopy management of high-density crops in the seminar. The fruit saplings were ready at State Horticulture Farms at Devakottai and Nemam near Kundrakudi and the cultivation would begin in September ahead of northeast monsoon, he said.


Mr. Rajendran said the department would organise a workshop on hi-tech horticulture at Kalayarkoil on August 18 to train the farmers on cultivation using poly houses, shade nets, plastic mulching (to suppress weeds), anti-bird nets and protected cultivation practices of all crops.


The department also proposed to cultivate hybrid vegetables, especially tomato, brinjal and green chilly, on 120 hectares. The department had kept ready about 40 lakh (USD 59542.92) seedlings and the farmers would be given an insight into the scheme at a seminar to be held at S. Pudur on August 24. The department also proposed to cultivate cashew on about 100 hectares in Sakkottai, Devakottai and Kallal areas this year, he added.


Source: The Hindu

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