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New Yard Long Bean Selection Arka Mangala for high yield


ICAR-IIHR identified a new Yard Long Bean Selection Arka Mangala for high yield
Yard Long Bean (Vigna unguiculata sub sp sesquipedalis L.) is an important legume vegetable grown for its tender long green pods.  Arka Mangala had maximum number of pods per plant (42). Yield performance during the kharif seasons of 2009  to 2010 has indicated that Selection Arka Mangala has given average yield of 25 t /ha, while the check varieties Lola and Vyjayathi gave pod yield of  20.75 and 19.75  t/ha respectively. The percent yield increase in Arka Mangala over check varieties Lola and Vyjayathi was 24 and 30 in that order. During rabi also yields were almost similar.
Plants are tall pole type require staking. Pods are crisp, long (70-80cm), tender, green. Seeds 20-22. Pods are string less can be snapped very easily are without with out parchment. This variety is mainly proposed for the fresh market. The pods are tender, devoid of parchment and the whole pod is suitable as vegetaCultivation of this variety by the farmer will be highly beneficial as it is high yielding.ble.
Salient features of Arka Mangala:

  • Pole, vigorous, photo insensitive.
  • Pod matures in 60 days.
  • Pod yield Yields 25 t/ha.
  • Pods are green with smooth surface.
  • Duration 90-100 days.

CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar participated in National Level Exhibition

CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar participated in National Level Exhibition

Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar participated in the 8th Krishi Fair-2017 organized by Shree Shrikshetra Soochana at Puri during 15-19th May 2017

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Hon’ble State Agriculture minister Dr Damodara Rout. The exhibits depicting ongoing research activities of the Station and technologies pertaining to the fruit and vegetable cultivation were displayed in the stall. Live samples and planting material of various fruit and vegetable varieties were also displayed for the benefit of the farmers. The farmers and the visitors were interested about the Ivy gourd varieties (Arka Neelachal Kunkhi and Arka Neelachal Sabuja) and different mango varieties with contrasting features. Various crop specific plant growth promoting formulations, processed dehydrated fruits, ready to cook products, developed by ICAR-IIHR were also exhibited in the Stall. Hundreds of farmers and officials visited the stall for 5 days and observed the exhibits. Dr. G.C. Acharya, Principal Scientist and Dr. s. Mandal, Principal Scientist coordinated the exhibition along with Technical Assistants Sri. M.K.Pattanaik, Sri B.C.Patra and skilled supporting Staffs Sri G Sundaray and Sri B.Maharana.














National Conference on Horticultural Crops of Humid Tropics - Diversification for Sustainability Organized by CHES, ICAR-IIHR, Chettalli at Madikeri, Coorg (May 20-21, 2017)

National Conference on Horticultural Crops of Humid Tropics - Diversification for Sustainability Organized by CHES, ICAR-IIHR, Chettalli at Madikeri, Coorg (May 20-21, 2017)


National Conference on Horticultural Crops of Humid Tropics Diversification for Sustainability was organized by CHES,ICAR-IIHR, Chettalli at Gandhi Maidhan, Madikeri, Coorg on  May 20-21, 2017  in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH),Bangalore. The conference was aimed to create a platform for exchange of ideas and thoughts among the scientific fraternity, entrepreneurs, farmers, growers, students etc. from ICAR institutes, SAUs, KVKs and other Govt. and Non - Govt. organizations from different parts of the country who have been associated with humid tropical horticultural crops. The Inaugural session was chaired by Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, IIHR, Bangalore, Guest of Honour, Sri. Bose Mandanna, Progressive Planter & Ex-Chairman, Coffee board. Chief guest of the programme was  Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Horticultural Science), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. Janakiram, ADG (Horticultural Science) ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. V. A. Parthasarathy, Ex-Director IISR, Calicut and Dr. Doreyappa Gowda, Head, CHES,ICAR-IIHR, Chettalli, Coorg. On this occasion, a souvenir and abstracts of National conference, CD-ROM of lead papers and abstracts, Indian Horticulture – a Special issue of IIHR and a technical bulletin on Management of diseases and pests of coorg mandarin were also released. Honorable DDG (Hort) Dr. A.K. Singh emphasized on conservation and utilization of these less known fruits for food and nutritional security of the common people.  Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, IIHR, Bengaluru described the achievements of the station and about research and development of the underutilized fruits particularly Rambutan, Mangosteen, Avocado, Passion fruit etc. He emphasized for more work on production and Post harvest technologies of these crops. Dr. V.A. Parathasarthy, emphasized the role of underutilized fruits and tree spices in the livelihood security of rural and tribal people. He opined on farm conservation of the indigenous underutilized fruits and tree spices. Dr. Janakiram, ADG (Horticultural Science),ICAR, New Delhi spoke about scope of various underutilized horticultural crops in future markets.


Earlier, Dr. Doreyappa Gowda, Head CHES, Chettalli welcomed the dignitaries and delegates, growers and others to the conference. During this two days conference, six technical sessions on genetic wealth, diversity, cropping patterns, processing and value addition and planter’s scientist’s interaction/plenary session were conducted. Concurrent session on poster presentations was also organized along with the respective technical sessions. The conference was participated by the delegates, students and farmers from ten states and twenty institutions. More than 40 lead papers and 10 oral presentations and 25 posters presentation were made during the conference. On the 2nd day of conference, the planters-Scientists interactive session was also organized. More than 1000 scientists, farmers/planters, progressive growers, processors, entrepreneurs, government officials and marketing experts from all over the country viz. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Goa participated during the two days conference.  


The plenary session was chaired by Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, IIHR, Bangalore, Sri. Bose Mandanna, Progressive Planter & Ex-Chairman, Coffee Board and Dr. Doreyappa Gowda, Principal Scientist and Head, ICAR-IIHR, CHES, Chettalli. Local representatives expressed their views during this session. The speakers appreciated the various deliberations of the seminar and hoped that all the recommendations emerging out of this conference will be implemented in coming years. During this conference, four farmers/planters were felicitated with best progressive planter’s/farmers/entrepreneur award. The delegates and planters/farmers were also taken for the field visit to CHES, Chettalli on 2nd day of conference. The programme was coordinated by Dr Doreyappa Gowda, Organizing Secretary and Dr.R.Senthil Kumar, Dr.V.Sankar and Dr.G. Karunakaran Co-organizing Secretaries.


Release of special issue of Indian Horticulture


Honorable DDG addressing to the delegates


ADG Remarks


Director, ICAR-IIHR Remarks


Vote  of  thanks by Organizing  secretary


Mr. Bose Mandanna remarks


Honouring to DDG


Honouring to DDG


Felicitation to women entrepreneur


Felicitation to women planter


Felicitation to best farmer/planter


Best Poster Award


Delegates attending conference


Delegates attending conference



Updated on 25.05.2017

ICAR-IIHR Organized National Workshop on "Doubling the Income of Mango Growers in India"

ICAR-IIHR Organized National Workshop on "Doubling the Income of Mango Growers in India"


ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) organized a National Workshop on "Doubling the Income of Mango Growers in India" during May 18-19, 2017. Very specific group of selected participants (115) such as progressive farmers, researchers from ICAR institutes and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), traders/exporters, officials of development departments and boards/ authorities, policy makers, etc., from Karnataka, Odisha, Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu participated. The purpose was to deliberate the issues in production, processing, marketing and export of Mango and to recommend a road map of issue-based strategies for doubling the income of mango growers.




India is the largest producer of Mango. Mango is very popular among the masses due to its wide range of adaptability, nutritive value and richness in diversity. The crop has an established export market and poses bright opportunities for export in the international market. Hence, creating awareness towards good management practices among the Mango growers, solving the issues faced by them in production and marketing, providing them essential infrastructure for preservation, processing, marketing and quality control, will enhance their income. With this background, this National Workshop was organized to suggest strategies for doubling the income of Mango Growers by deliberating various issues in quality production, processing, marketing and export and suggest road map for addressing these issues. Importantly, the roadmap, thus, proposed roadmap will also support the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modiji in doubling the farmers income by 2022.




Various issues on Mango production, processing and trade were deliberated on two major themes such as 1. Status of Mango production and Issues of Productivity and 2. Post-harvest Handling: Issues and  Strategies with active and enthusiastic participation of all the delegates. The deliberations were held on the mode of a 'Panel Discussion, wherein the issues faced by the stakeholders such as farmers, processors, traders/ exporters etc. were either addressed or noted for addressing by panels of experts. Dr CK Narayana, Principal Scientist and Chairman, Project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Cell, ICAR-IIHR convened the theme 1, whereas, Dr Sudha Mysore, Principal Scientist and Chair Person, Business Planning and Development (BPD) Unit, ICAR-IIHR convened the theme 2. Dr S Rajan, Director, CISH, Lucknow; Dr AN Ganesha Murthy; Dr BNS Murthy; Dr M Krishna Reddy; Dr Reju M Kurien; Dr PC Tripathy; Dr KS Shivshankar; Dr AK Saxena all from ICAR-IIHR; Dr Mukund, Professor, University Horticultural Sciences, Bagalakote; Shri L Gopalakrisha, Chairman, KSMD&MCL were the panelists for the Theme 1. Dr HS Oberoi; Dr CK Narayana; Dr RB Tiwari; Dr Senthil Kumaran; Dr R Venkattakumar of ICAR-IIHR, Dr Milind Joshi, MSAMB; Shri Ravindra, APEDA, Karnataka and Mrs. Sapahli, AGM of NABARD were the panelists. Dr Vasugi; Dr M Sankaran;  Mr Atheequlla, Dr Ranjitha, Dr Linta Vincent, Dr Anushma recorded the deliberations as rapporteurs.


'During the deliberations of theme 1 conducted on 18.5.2017, discussions on present status of innovations and future prospects of mango production in India, genetic diversity conservation; Farmers’ varieties; Plant Protection Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV & FRA); Registration of varieties;  sustainable use and livelihood security, Variety diversity and agro-ecological plasticity; quality planting materials production; off-season production; High Density Planting Systems (HDPs); Canopy management; judicious use of plant growth regulators; rejuvenation of unproductive orchards; Good management practices (GMP) for augmenting factor productivity; Management of pre-harvest factors associated with post-harvest behaviour; site-specific nutrient management; integrated water and nutrient management; challenges and approaches in pests and diseases management; emerging issues etc. happened. Similarly, during the deliberations of theme 2 conducted on 19.5.2017,  Post – harvest technologies; supply chain management; small farmer oriented mechanization; value addition; product diversification and secondary agriculture; export promotion of value added products; Mission mode approach for strengthening mango industry; risk and crop insurance in production and trade: A perspective; Role of financial institutions / development departments / Mango Board in supporting mango industry; Value chain in mango; marketing efficiency in existing and alternate trade practices; international trade in mango- is India ready for quantum leap?; Transfer technology systems for promotion of mango industry; use of IT resources and space technology etc. were discussed. The proceedings of these sessions were presented in the plenary session to compile a  pragmatic roadmap.


Plenary Session


The plenary session was organized on 19.5.2015, to finalize the proceedings of the workshop. Dr R Venkattakumar, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Social Sciences and Training, ICAR-IIHR and Co-Chairman of the Workshop extended The plenary session was Chaired by Hon'ble Deputy Director of Horticulture Dr AK Singh, ICAR. In his presidential address, Dr AK Singh emphasized the need for production of quality fruits, so that the huge potential for exploiting the domestic as well as international market can be harnessed. He also stressed upon cutting down the cost of Mango production, which will in turn facilitate doubling the income of Mango growers. Dr MR Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR and the Chairman of the National Workshop mentioned that there are many good management practices, which can help Mango growers in doubling their income. However, the Mango growers are not aware of these technologies and hence, there is an intense need for technology dissemination efforts. Thus, this workshop also served as a platform for creating awareness among the stakeholders about good management practices. Dr D Srinivasa Murthy, Principal Scientist (Agricultural Economics) and Chairman. Programme Committee presented the proceedings of the deliberations, which were further discussed and finalized. Dr B Narayanaswamy, Principal Scientist and Organizing Secretary of the workshop proposed formal vote of thanks.




An exhibition of more than 100 Mango varieties and accessions was organized for the benefit of stakeholders. The delegates were also provided with publications about Mango production, processing and marketing in different languages. The representatives of farmers gave satisfactory feedback about the programme during the plenary session, stating that the deliberation were useful in equipping themselves towards various aspects pertaining to Mango production, processing, marketing and trade. It is proposed to prepare a roadmap out of the two-day deliberations, suggesting action points for all the stakeholders including the policy makers for implementation, so that the objective of the workshop will be achieved.










Updated on 23.05.2017

TSP farmers visit CHES farm for mango harvesting stage technologies

TSP farmers visit CHES farm for mango harvesting stage technologies


CHES, Bhubaneswar has been providing technological back up and critical inputs to tribal mango growers in Rayagada district of Odisha since last many years. Nearly 450 households growing mango on nearly 1100 acres and have formulated 8 groups in eight gram panchayats. As this is the fruiting season and harvesting is approaching, the members of each group were brought to CHES campus on 21.05.2017 to update their knowledge and skill in mango harvesting, handling and post harvest management for the production quality mangoes for market. The group members were led to visit various mango fields having different planting geometry and canopy management experiments. The method of harvesting, sap removal, washing and grading in various fruit weight categories were demonstrated. Afterwards they were apprise of importance of canopy management in quality fruit production and as such, were practically demonstrated the centre opening, canopy thinning and skirting methodologies. Later on, they were also taken to tamarind plants where one and half year plants came under flowering. After seeing the results, they indented the grafted tamarind plants in bulk in ensuing rainy season for planting as wind break around mango plantation as  heavy winds cause  fruit fall every year. The tamarind is a profitable crop in their area. The ripe fruits of Amrapalli were offered to them to taste so that they can make out the difference in quality and taste of mango harvested at right maturity stage. They were also exposed to well trained and centre opened mango plants having regulated number of fruit to see the impact of these operations on number marketable size fruits. The symptoms of jelly seed formation in over maturity mango were also shown to them and were apprise of impact of right stage harvesting in jelly see formation. The day long visit was co-ordinate by  Dr. H. S. Singh  and  Sh. B. C. Patra.








Updated on 22.05.2017