To commemorate Platinum Jubilee Year (75th year) Celebration of CHES, Chettalli, a National Symposium on “Horticultural Crops of Humid Tropics for Nutritional and Livelihood Security (NSHCHT)” & Exhibition-2022 was organized at Hotel Crystal Court, Madikeri, in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH), ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru during 02-03 December, 2022.
In the inaugural function, presided over by Dr. Debi Sharma, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Shri Appachu Ranjan, MLA, Madikeri, Dr. Sateesha B. C, Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu District, and Ex-Vice Chairman of Coffee Board and Progressive Planter from Suntikoppa, Shri Bose Mandanna were welcomed and honored. They expounded the contribution of CHES to the farming community and suggested to open the sales outlet centre at Madikeri to cater to the needs of the public/farmers. The retired Heads, ex-employees and their family members of the station were felicitated. Three progressive farmers were also awarded in the function for adopting and disseminating IIHR technologies.
The two-day program consisted of scientific exhibitions, theme based symposium sessions and cultural program. The exhibition had 25 stalls from different central and state ICAR organizations, KVKs, private nurseries and farmers with various new crops and products and sale of vegetable seeds, planting materials, organic products, etc. Eminent scientists and scholars presented their research outcomes during four technical themes, viz., Genetic diversity, Conservation, Utilization and Improvement; Crop production, Cropping system models and Natural Resource Management; Plant Protection, Pollinators and Bee Keeping, and Processing and Value addition, Socio-Economic Aspects and Marketing.
The cultural gathering showcased kodavas cultural dances by school children, and other art forms. The program concluded with the valedictory function on 3rd December, graced by the chief guest, Director of Research, CCRI, Coffee Board, Balehonnur, Dr. M. Senthilkumar, where staff of CHES were felicitated and awards for best poster and oral presentation were distributed to the winners.