CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar organized Field Day on ‘Year-Round Production of Pineapple’

Field Day on ‘Year-Round Production of Pineapple’ was organized by the Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar on 3rd November, 2017 with an aim to harness the potential of round the year production of pineapple in enhancing the profitability of farmers in the region. The program was attended by the ICAR scientists, Faculty of Div. of Fruit Science, OUAT, state Horticulture Officers, KVK scientists, PhD and MSc. students of OUAT, farmers and entrepreneurs. The program was inaugurated by  Prof. P. K. Roul, Dean, Extension Education, OUAT, and graced by Dr. D. K. Dash, Head, Div. of Fruit Science, OUAT, Sh. R K Dash, Deputy Director, NHB, Bhubaneswar, Dr. M. Nedunchezhiyan, Head I/c, CTCRI (RS), Bhubaneswar. Prof. P K Roul, the chief guest, highlighted the prospects of pineapple in the state under different agro-climatic conditions. He told that scientific cultivation practices of pineapple may act as an effective tool for doubling farmers’ income in the region. He put emphasis on the dissemination of feasible technology among farming community through KVKs. He appreciated the effort of CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar in popularizing need-based technology for the betterment of farming community. Dr. D K Dash highlighted the importance of genetic diversity and potential of pineapple in different agro-cliomatic regions of the state. He told that availability of quality planting material is vital component to ensure higher production of pineapple. Sh. R K Dash highlighted the role of NHB in adoption of feasible horticultural technology. Dr. G C Acharya, Head I/c, CHES (ICAR-IIHR) welcomed the guests and participants and highlighted the significance of year-round production of pineapple in the region for enhancing income of the farming community and ensuring better utilization of resources. Dr. Kundan Kishore highlighted the scientific cultivation practices of pineapple and role of hormones in crop regulation of pineapple. The economic feasibility of pineapple cultivation as an intercrop was also highlighted. Participates visited the demonstration block of pineapple and get acquainted with important aspects of production technology like varietal diversity, planting material selection, planting technique, crop regulation, water and nutrient management. Participants opined that such type of information was essentially required in order to sustain the mango production and enhance the profitability of farmers. The program was coordinated by Dr. Kundan Kishore with the support of Dr. P Srinivas, Dr. Deepa Samant, and Sh. S majhi, Mrs. Suchitra Behera, Sh. B C Patra, Sh. C S Durga and   Sh. A Barik.