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Central Horticultural Experiment Station, ICAR-IIHR, Bhubaneswar organized a Field Day on ‘Crop-Regulation Techniques in Guava”

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A Field Day on ‘Crop Regulation Techniques in Guava’ was organized by CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar on 27th May, 2019. The objective of programme was to disseminate various techniques of crop regulation, which are found suitable for the guava orcharding in the state of Odisha. The programme was inaugurated by eminent Horticulturist Prof. P. C. Lenka, Ex-Director, DPME and Ex-Head, Dept. Of Fruits and Horticulture Technology, Orisssa University of Agriculture and Technology. In his inaugural address, Prof. Lenka highlighted the scope of guava cultivation in the state and how guava orcharding could be made more remunerative and profitable through adoption of crop regulation. He appreciated and congratulated the centre for doing good research work and making efforts to transfer crop and region specific technologies to the farmers. Speaking at the inaugural function, Dr. G. C. Acharya, Head, CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar highlighted the mandates and achievements of CHES, and objective of the field day. The field day was attended by more than 50 participants, comprised of farmers and students. The standardized technology of crop regulation/ bahar regulation was transferred to the participants through classroom lectures, field demonstration and practical training. Dr. Deepa Samant highlighted how guava orchardists could modify the natural flowering and fruiting behaviour of crop and induce intense flowering during rainy season (mrig bahar), which in turn would allow an orchardist to harvest heavy and quality crop during winter season. Participants were told about the details of branch bending technique and chemical methods of crop regulation in guava.  At the end of programme feed-back from the participants was taken under the chairmanship of Dr. G.C. Acharya. Field Day was coordinated by Dr. Deepa Samant, Scientist, CHES, Bhubaneswar with the assistance of Sri Abhimanyu Das, Technical Assistant, CHES, Bhubaneswar.