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One day Seminar on Avocado at KVK, Gonikoppal, Kodagu

One day Seminar on Avocado at KVK, Gonikoppal, Kodagu

A one day seminar on Avocado was conducted on 12th July, 2017 at KVK, Gonikoppal, Kodagu in association with Puthari Farmers Producer Company Ltd. Scientists from CHES, Chettalli, KVK, office bearers of Puthari Farmers Producer Co. Ltd participated in the event. About 70 farmers  from different parts of Kodagu and Waynad (Kerala) district participated in the programme. The team from Waynad was led by Dr. K. Aasha, Deputy Project Director, ATMA, Waynad, Kerala. An exhibition of avocados from farmers, improved lines from CHES, Chettali, harvesting tools for avocado was also arranged during the function.

Earlier the programme was inaugurated by watering the Avocado plant by the dignitaries. Dr. Doreyappa Gowda, Head, CHES, Chettalli was the Chief Guest. In his address he spoke about the technologies at CHES and IIHR, available for licensing and commercialization. Butter fruit spread is one technology which can promoted through  self help groups in the district. In the beginning Shri Prabhakar, SMS, Horticulture welcomed all the dignitaries and the farmers for the programme. Dr. Saju George, Head, KVK, Gonikoppal spoke about the health benefits of Avocado and why it is now being referred to as the Super food.

In the technical session Dr. Senthil Kumar, CHES, Chettalli explained about the origin, suitability of the crop in the coffee based cropping system of the district. He also elaborated upon the agro-techniques and nursery techniques in Avocado through presentation. Dr. Shankar, P.S, CHES, Chettali also supplemented on the varietal characters and the characteristics of TKD variety of Avocado from Tamilnadu.

Finally in the question answer session all the farmers interacted with scientists on various problems and challenges in Avocado. It was decided that mother blocks of improved lines of Chettali varieties will also be maintained in  KVK. Further it was also decided to identify some farmers through  Puthari Farmers Producer Company Ltd to multiply improved varieties of Avocado to meet the increasing demand of Avocado seedlings.