A field day on "Legume vegetable crops for commercial cultivation" was organized at Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar on 5th Jan., 2019 with an aim to highlight the improved technologies for cultivation practices of legume vegetables with special emphasis on dolichos bean. The program was attended by M.Sc. and Ph. D. scholars of Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology and Siksha O Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar; KVK scientists, progressive farmers and agri-enterpreneurs from different districts of Odisha. The event was inaugurated by renowned vegetable breeder Dr. A. K. Nandi, Ex-Professor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar. He highlighted the importance of legume vegetable crops in context of climate change and nutritional aspects with special reference to Odisha. Dr. G.C. Acharya, Head I/c extended a warm welcome to guests and participants and briefed about the research activities of the station. Dr. P. Srinivas, Principal scientist and In-charge, TOT highlighted about extension activities of CHES for development of horticulture in the state. Details of the field day program was provided by Dr. Meenu Kumari, Scientist. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. P. Naresh, Scientist.
The field day started with an interaction session, wherein, comprehensive details of available varieties and improved package of practices for commercial cultivation of different legume vegetable crops were explained by Dr. Meenu Kumari. The management of disease and insect-pests of legume vegetable crops was undertaken by Dr. P. Srinivas. Participants visited the demonstration block where bed preparation, mulching and drip irrigation in trellis system for pole type dolichos bean was explained in detail. An exhibition on dolichos bean variability was demonstrated where diversity in terms of shape, size and colour of beans were displayed. Crossing technique in legume crops was also demonstrated at field. It was followed by a visit to technology park where IIHR technologies were displayed. The visitors realized the importance of legume vegetable crops for commercial cultivation and shown their interest for coloured dolichos from health point of view. They were also motivated for adoption of improved varieties and technologies for leguminous crops. Field visit was co-ordinated by Dr. P. Naresh, Dr. Meenu Kumari and Dr. G.C. Acharya with the help of Sri P.C. Majhi, Sri M. Pattnaik and Sri A., Bhullugyan and program was co-ordinated by Dr. Meenu Kumari.