CPCRI, Kasaragod Organized Interface Programme on Coconut and Arecanut at JSS KVK, Suttur

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Suttur: An interface programme between the Scientists of Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod and the Farmers of Mysore District was held at JSS KVK, Suttur on 13.09.13. About 110 coconut and arecanut farmers and entrepreneurs attended the interface programme.

While delivering the introductory remarks about the programme Dr Ananda Head, CPCRI, Vittal enlisted the crop improvement, production, protection and value addition technologies developed at CPCRI, Kasaragod and Regional Station, Vittal to enhance the productivity of both coconut and arecanut and to improve the livelihood of the farmers dependent on coconut and arecanut.

Shri N M Shivashankarappa, Director Horticulture JSS Mahavidyalaya, Mysore inaugurated the program and highlighted that it is a golden opportunity and farmers should take full advantage of the program. Dr. K.M.Indiresh Dean, College of Agril., Tandavpura highlighted the plight of coconut farmers in this region because of the drought and insect attack.

Dr Ravi Bhat welcomed the gathering and also gave information about the soil, plant, water and nutritional aspects to enhance the productivity and profitability from unit land. He emphasized the need of restoring the soil health for sustainable production. The pest and diseases of coconut and areca-nut and their management was dealt in detail by Dr Vinayaka Hegde.

Dr K. B. Hebbar highlighted the importance and possibilities of enhancing the profitability of coconut growers through value addition. He demonstrated how coconut sap (neera) can be collected in fresh and hygienic way and promoted as a health drink and by products like natural sugar, jaggery and honey be prepared without the use of chemicals. The sugar thus produced has less glycemic index and ideal for diabetic patients. Mr. Shivalingappa, SADH, Nanjanagudu felicitated the program.

Dr. Arun Balamatti programme Programme Coordinator, KVK, Suttur, narrated the KVK activities undertaken for the benefit of coconut and areca-nut farmers. Throughout the presentations farmers showed keen interest in knowing the latest technologies and were clarifying the doubts about the cultivation, protection and value addition in coconut and areca-nut. The officials from Department of Horticulture, coconut producers associations, were part of the programme. An exhibition depicting the technology on coconut and areca-nut was arranged which attracted large number of farmers.