Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar organized interactive meet on Organic Horticulture
Organic farming is drawing lot of attention in recent times due to increase in awareness on the adverse effects of excessive use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Showing its commitment towards safe and productive horticulture in the region Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar organised an interactive meet on “Organic horticulture in rural and peri-urban areas: opportunities & constraints” on 29th December, 2017 in collaboration with Living Farms, Bhubaneswar, to bring together the farmers practicing organic and non-farming and urban consumers of horticultural produce and to deliberate upon related to opportunities for organic horticulture in Odisha. Speaking at the program Chief Guest Dr P.C. Lenka, Ex HOD, Fruit Science department, OUAT, highlighted the need if creating awareness in the virtues of organic produce among the consumers. He also stressed upon the need to create linkages among peri-urban organic farmers to create a supply pool of fruits and vegetables for the urban population. Guest of honour Dr. B. Rath, HOD, Agro-meteorology, OUAT, Bhubaneswar spoke in length about the essence of the organic farming. He urged upon the farmers to consider the soil as living entity and nourish it well with healthy complete organic matter and compost. Sri Jagdish from Living Farms enlightened the gathering about the importance of safe food, free from harmful chemical residues. Dr. P. Srinivas, Principal Scientist, CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar informed the gathering about the research and demonstration activities taken up by the Station for promoting eco-friendly farming and organic input production facilities. Earlier Dr. G.C. Acharya, Head of the CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar welcomed the dignitaries, farmers and other stakeholders to the meet and provided detailed information on the horticultural activities and technologies developed by CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar.
A technical interactive session was organised during the programm which was coordinated by the Panel comprising of Dr. P C lenka, Dr. Ekadashi Nandi, Dr. B. Rath and Dr. P. Srinivas. Farmers like Sri Prakash Biswal from Kakatpur, Sri BharatKashi from Muniguda,Sri Umashankar from Balipatna, Sri Giridhari Mishra, from Navarangpur, Dibyapal Pradhan from Cuttack, Sri H.K. Pal from Dhenkanal prominently deliberated on the sustainable farming practices and experiences. Entrepreneurs like Smt. Pushpa Panda, Sri Mangal Vijay, Ms Amruta also put in their views on the possibilities of marketing of organic produce in urban areas.
The program was attended by farmers from eights districts viz. Rayagada, Gajapati, Navrangpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Puri, Dhenkanal, and Jagatsinghpur, research scholars, members of NGOs, small entrepreneurs, horticulture produce vendors, members of Plant Lovers Association, staff of Living Farms, technical and scientific staff of the CHES (ICAR-IIHR). The programme was coordinated by Dr. P. Srinivas, Principal Scientist, along with a team comprising of Dr. Kundan Kishore, Senior Scientist, Dr. P. Naresh, Scientist, Sri Chandrasena Durga, Tech. Assistant and Sri Bishnu Ch. Patra. Sr. Technician of CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar.