Awareness meet on ''Banana blast and pitting disease and its management strategies" held at IIHR-CHES, Bhubaneswar
In the observance of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the IIHR, an awareness meet was organised at CHES, Bhubaneswar on 20th Jan 2017 for sensitization of institutes/ agencies/personnel involved in the production and supply of banana planting materials in Odisha state. Initiating the proceeding of the meet, Dr. H. S. Singh, Head of the station welcomed the delegates and briefed about the investigations on banana blast and pitting disease being carried out at the Station. He informed the gathering about the genesis of the investigations based on the similar disease reported from Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh in 2013. He highlighted the importance of this disease as one among the emerging problems for banana cultivation in Odisha especially in Grand Naine variety and the need for sensitization among the stakeholders for its diagnosis and management. He also emphasised on the need for preparedness to counter this emerging diseases in wake of changing coastal climate. Dr. G. Sangeetha, Senior Scientist and convener of the meet highlighted the potential of this hitherto unknown pathogen affecting the fruit quality which cause considerable economic loss to the growers. In her presentation, she also highlighted about the diagnostic symptoms of blast and pitting symptoms occurring on planting materials as well as on maturing plants and fruits. She elaborated about the mode of pathogen spread, its seasonality and most importantly its management strategies and emphasised the ways to contain the spread of this disease inside greenhouses/polyhouses and prophylactic measures to be followed. Further, she also pointed out the need of adjusting the planting time in such a way the fruiting period should not coincide with rainy season i.e., from July to September which happens to be the monsoon season of Odisha state.
The meet was attended by representatives of Tissue culture centre, OUAT; Department of Fruit Science, OUAT; Department of Plant Pathology, OUAT; AICRP on fruits, OUAT; Directorate of Horticulture, Bhubaneswar; Excel Plant Link Pvt. LTd, Bhubaneswar; Jain Irrigation systems Ltd.; Utkal Biotech Resource centre; Centre for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, Bhubaneswar, besides scientists of CHES. The presentation was followed by deliberations among the participants where in issues like avoiding the source of inoculum in tissue culture hardening centres, planting time to avoid the disease incidence, bunch covering, prophylactic measures to be taken up by nurseries, increasing awareness among the growers about the symptoms and management, and regulating supply of plantlets through subsidy schemes by state government to enable the farmers to take up the planting during March or June /July. The delegates from tissue culture companies committed to carry the useful and informative message of this awareness meet to their respective agencies and ensure the supply of planting material free from this fungal disease too, to the farmers. In the end Dr. Kundan Kishore, Senior Scientist proposed the vote of thanks.
Updated on 23.01.2017