Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR- Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, visited CHES, Hirehalli on 6th July 2018 to the assess the potential of Dragon fruit farming for in India. Dr. G Karunakran, Principal Scientist and Head In charge, Regional Station of IIHR-Central Horticultural Experiment Station, at Hirehalli, he explained about introduction and technologies for adoption of Dragon fruit growing.
Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, expressed Dragon Fruit production is gaining marginally and more recognition as a crop in India. It is a nutritious fruit with a variety of uses. In this view, he insisted to assess Nutraceutical values in Dragon fruit and also in possessing antioxidant potential. During the visit exhibition were arranged about CHES activities.
Further on the same day, Prof. (dr.) Nazeer Ahmed, Vice- Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir, University of Agricultural Sciences and Techn., Srinagr visited to CHES, Hirehalli for Dragon fruit Farming. Dr. G. Karunakaran, explained a Technical aspects on dragon fruit farming in Karnataka and he expressed view about prosperous and challenges in dragon fruit farming in India. Prof. (dr.) Nazeer Ahmed, Vice- Chancellor expressed view that excellent work on minor fruits especially Dragon fruit farming, Jackfruit and Avocado for benefit of the Farming community in increasing their income.