Suttur, October 21, 2019: The ICAR JSS Krishi Vignana Kendra, Suttur, in association with the Horticulture Department and Hullahalli FPO, had organised a one-day training programme on management of nutrients, integrated disease, and pest management and managing micronutrients on October 17, 2019.
Due to lack of proper knowledge about nutrition management, pest and disease control, farmers growing watermelon and tomato crops in this region were spending a lot of money and were getting less yield. They also used to incur losses when they could not fetch good price for their crop. Noticing this the ICAR JSS KVK and the FPO, Hullahalli, organised the training programme under the Integrated Horticulture Development Programme.
Dr. Arasu Mallaiah, Professor (Retd.) provided a lot of information on organic farming, integrated pest and disease management to the farmers who grow watermelon and tomato crops. Dr. Shamraj, Scientist, KVK, explained about the cultivation methods and integrated nutrition management of horticultural crops. Sri Shivakumar, Horticulture Officer spoke about the various facilities available from the Horticulture Department. He also explained the various innovative technologies in horticultural crops, usage of chemical fertilizers and crop management and disease-pest management.
Smt. H.V. Divya, Seed Technology Scientist, JSS KVK, shared information about bio-pesticide, farm net, organic farming, Beejamrutha, and Agniasthra. She also asked the farmers to contact the JSS Agri Clinic in Suttur and Mysuru for more information on this and to purchase the tools required.
About 52 farmers from various villages including Shiramalli, Heggadahalli, Deveerammanahalli, Haratale, Rampura and Huskuru villages took part in the training programme.
Sri Puttabasappa, Director, FPO, Hullahalli, and Sri Lokesh were present. Sri V.N. Murthy, CEO, FPO gave a vote of thanks and Smt. Divya compered.
After the training programme the scientists took the participants to the tomato field belonging to farmer Sri Mahadevappa, in Mobballi village, banana and watermelon farm belonging to Sri Lokesh of Haratale, a banana farm belonging to Sri Marinanjaiah and shared information about the integrated disease and pest management.
Training programme on watermelon and tomato crops integrated crop management and visit by the scientists to the farm.