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ICAR-IIHR conducted a Workshop cum training program titled “ Suitable vegetable varieties, mushroom production and value added products of fruits and vegetables for Tripura” at college of Agriculture, Lembucherra, Tripura on 19th March 2017 in coordination with Dr.Sukhen Chandra Das, Assistant Professor of the college as the organizing secretary.   The training programme was attended by 125 people  which included farmers, women, students and staff of the Agriculture college. It was inaugurated by Mr. Haricharan Sarkar, MLA of Bamutia constituency , West Tripura as the Chief guest.     The seed packets of 20  selected vegetable varieties, microbial consortia, neem soap, vegetable special, mushroom spawn, rasam powder and dehyderated fruit and vegetable packets were displayed in the small exhibition. Dr. T.S. Aghora, Principal scientist, vegetable crop division explained the traits and production technology on suitable ICAR-IIHR vegetable varieties. The quality seedling production and protection from major diseases were also covered in the training.   Sample seed packets  of 20 vegetable varieties of 5 sets   were distributed to the some selected farmers for demonstration purpose.   Dr. Meera Pandey, Principal scientist, Mushroom Research lab presented the importance of popularizing the production of mushrooms in Tripura and its suitability in utilizing the surplus paddy straw generated and wasted in the region. She also emphasized on utilization of mushrooms and mushroom value added products for enhancing household nutrition and income. She presented the concept of Ready to fruit (RTF) bag production technology which has been developed by ICAR-IIHR to undertake mushroom cultivation by rural women. The need to establish mechanized spawn production labs in the region to facilitate the growers to get the quality spawn was also discussed. Dr. G. Senthil Kumaran, Principal scientist, Division of PHT & AE described about the post harvest technologies of fruits and vegetables available with ICAR-IIHR like shrink wrapping, osmotic dehydration, RTS juice technology which can be utilized by the farmers to prevent post harvest looses during excess production. Samples of osmotically dehydrated fruits (Papaya, Guava, Mango) were displayed and farmers were also allowed to taste these products to motivate them to take up the technologies for better economic gains. Information pertaining to proper packaging, labelling, licensing was also given to help in better marketing of their products.  The information on suitable machinery for onion cultivation, mango and vegetables were given during the training programme.  An interaction session  was conducted by Dr.M.Datta, Principal & OSD, College of Agriculture, Lembucherra, Agartala to motivate and clarify some doubts of farmers on the information given by the scientists. The farmers’ also gave list of technologies which were interest to them and list of vegetable seeds required from ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru.   They were assured that the necessary arrangements will be made to meet their demand on priority under NEH programme in the year 2017-18.

Participants of the programme

Exhibition of ICAR-IIHR Vegetable, mushroom and post harvest technologies

ICAR-IIHR Suitable vegetable varieties

Mushroom Technology

Post haravest , value addition and machinery

Interaction session

Expression of interest in varieties and technologies