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ICAR-IIHR- CHES, Chettalli organized Avocado and Spine gourds Diversity Fair 2019 at CHES Chettalli

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Diversity fair on Avocado and Spine gourds was organized by CHES (ICAR-IIHR) Chettalli, in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gonikoppal and in association with Department of Horticulture (ZP), Madikeri and Department of Agriculture, Somwarpet, Kodagu on 17th June, 2019. The programme was inaugurated by Shri. Bose Mandanna, Former Vice- President, Coffee board and Progressive Planter, in the presence of Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, Smt. Chandrakala, Former MLC and Shri. G. P. Shenoy, Legal Consultant & Terrace Gardener, Mangalore. The purpose of the fair was to showcase the diversity of Avocado and spine gourds as well as to create awareness about the importance of these crops for this region.  During the fair, 115 samples of Avocado and104 accessions of spine gourds (spine gourd, teasel gourd and sweet gourd) were exhibited. Two extension folders on cultivation aspects of Avocado and spine gourd were released by the chief guest. Smt. K. Lakshmi Priya IAS, CEO, ZP, Madikeri also visited the exhibition and appreciated the diversity exists in this region. There was overwhelming response from the public to visit the fair and appreciated the diversity exhibited in both the crops. More than 450 planters of Kodagu, Hassan, Udupi, Mangalore and Kerala participated. The exhibition was coordinated by Sh. A. C. Madhav.