Awareness Programme on Use of Arka Microbial Consortium and ArkaActino Plus
A Scientists- Farmers Interaction Meeting was organised by Soil Science division of ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru and ICAR-KVK, Hirehalli, Tumakuru at Gonihalli village, SiraTaluk, Tumakuru District on 20th December, 2017. The meeting was organised on the topic ‘Use of Arka Microbial Consortium and Actino-plus’ in Pomegranate fields. Dr Ganesha Murthy, Head, and Dr Selva Kumar, Principal Scientist, Division of Soil Science participated in the event as experts. Dr.N.Loganandhan, Head, KVK, Mr Sundaram, Progressive farmer from Hiriyur, well-known for usage of AMC in his Pomegranate field, Mr Ramesh and Mr Prasanth, SMSs from KVK also took part in the programme. About 50 farmers participated in the event and involved in active interaction with the scientists. In his speech, Dr Ganesha Murthy explained about the basics of using AMC in Pomegranate field and also answered most of the queries posed by the farmers. Mr Sundaram, a farmer well known for successful Pomegranate cultivation using AMC, shared his experience on - how using AMC in his field helped him to reap the success, which was found to be motivational to many of the farmers. Dr Selva Kumar explained about the Do’s and Don’ts of using AMC and Actino Plus in fields. Dr N Loganandhan, urged the farmers to understand the problems clearly, before taking up any control measures. Later Mr Ramesh and Mr Prasanth demonstrated the application of Actino Plus and AMC in one of the Farmers’ fields in the village. The technologies explained by the experts were well received by the farmers, as they showed much satisfaction in receiving this support from IIHR, Bengaluru and KVK, Hirehalli.