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CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar organized Training on Mango Rejuvenation

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A day long Training on ‘Mango Rejuvenation was organized by the Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar on 20th August 2018  considering the significance of rejuvenation in restoring the production potential of old and senile orchards of mango in the region. The program was attended byby the ICAR scientists, state Horticulture Officers, KVK scientists, PhD and MSc students of OUAT & SOA, mango growers from different districts of Odisha and apprentice students. Dr. R. K. Das, Deputy Director, National Horticulture Board, Bhubaneswar highlighted the importance of rejuvenation in the region to improve the production potential of old orchards of mango and cashew. He also highlighted the schemes of NHB for enhancing production potential of mango in this region. Dr. G. C. Acharya, Head CHES (ICAR-IIHR) welcomed the guests and participants and highlighted the significance of rejuvenation and canopy management in enhancing yield and income of the farming community. Dr. Acharya also put emphasis on the adoption of scientific methods of rejuvenation including cultivation of intercrops (as per suitability) for ensuring continuity in income generation. He also requested the growers to take benefit of rejuvenation-related govt. schemes. Dr. Kundan Kishore highlighted rejuvenation technology, criteria for selection of senile trees/orchards, nutrient management, tools for rejuvenation and suitability of intercrops. Whereas Dr. P. Srinivas covered the pest and disease management aspects in rejuvenated mango orchards. Participants were demonstrated to various aspects of rejuvenation like heading back of trees, nutrient management, pest and disease management and suitability of intercrops and their economic significance. Participants opined that such type of information was essentially required in order to sustain the mango production and enhance the profitability of growers. The program was coordinated by Dr. Kundan Kishore with the active association of Dr. P Srinivas, Dr. G. Sangeetha and Dr. Deepa Samant.