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Members of FPOs, Koppal, Karnataka were imparted training on Improved Horticultural Production Technologies

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ICAR-IIHR organized a Special training programme on crop identified for "Improved technologies (Production, Postharvest & Marketing)" under KWDP-II, Sujala-III for Koppal District farmers and sponsored by Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. It was held during June 25-29, 2018. Nineteen farmers from farmer producing organizations (FPO) were the participants. Dr Prakash Patil, Director (i/c), ICAR-IIHR inaugurated the training programme and interacted with the participants and laid emphasis on developing entrepreneurship through FPOs through various technologies of IIHR.

During the five-day deliberations, participants were imparted knowledge and skills on mushroom ready to fruit bag production, fruit crops, ornamental and medicinal crop production technologies, vegetable cultivation; seed and planting material production for commercial cultivation and nursery management, integrated pest, disease & nutrient management and technologies for commercial /agri-business avenues, business avenues in post-harvest technologies and ventures for custom hiring centers, horticultural technologies of IIHR; process and benefits of licensing technologies etc.

The lectures were interspersed with field visits to demonstration blocks of fruit, vegetable and ornamental, medicinal crop demonstration blocks, seed production unit. Exposure visits were also arranged to Ekalavya vegetable and ornamental nursery, farmers fields (grapes and vegetables), Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, GKVK campus etc.

Moreover, literature such as pocket diary series in important fruit and vegetable crops, cultivation guides (Banana, pome granate, mango, onion and tomato), Hand book of Horticultural Crops, Vegetable and Banana Special Nutrients @ 2 kg were distributed to all the participants.

The valedictory function was attended by Mr Y.S Patil IAS, Director of Horticulture and Dr Dundi, Additional Director of  Horticulture (NHM), Department  of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. The trainees were very much satisfied with the programme and opined that have learnt many new scientific management practices to implement in real farm situation. This programme was coordinated by Dr. B. Narayanaswamy, Principal Scientist and Dr.V.Sankar, Principal Scientist, Division of Social Science, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore.