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ICAR-IIHR Organized National Workshop on "Doubling the Income of Mango Growers in India"

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ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) organized a National Workshop on "Doubling the Income of Mango Growers in India" during May 18-19, 2017. Very specific group of selected participants (115) such as progressive farmers, researchers from ICAR institutes and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), traders/exporters, officials of development departments and boards/ authorities, policy makers, etc., from Karnataka, Odisha, Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu participated. The purpose was to deliberate the issues in production, processing, marketing and export of Mango and to recommend a road map of issue-based strategies for doubling the income of mango growers.

 

Background

 

India is the largest producer of Mango. Mango is very popular among the masses due to its wide range of adaptability, nutritive value and richness in diversity. The crop has an established export market and poses bright opportunities for export in the international market. Hence, creating awareness towards good management practices among the Mango growers, solving the issues faced by them in production and marketing, providing them essential infrastructure for preservation, processing, marketing and quality control, will enhance their income. With this background, this National Workshop was organized to suggest strategies for doubling the income of Mango Growers by deliberating various issues in quality production, processing, marketing and export and suggest road map for addressing these issues. Importantly, the roadmap, thus, proposed roadmap will also support the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modiji in doubling the farmers income by 2022.

 

Deliberations

 

Various issues on Mango production, processing and trade were deliberated on two major themes such as 1. Status of Mango production and Issues of Productivity and 2. Post-harvest Handling: Issues and  Strategies with active and enthusiastic participation of all the delegates. The deliberations were held on the mode of a 'Panel Discussion, wherein the issues faced by the stakeholders such as farmers, processors, traders/ exporters etc. were either addressed or noted for addressing by panels of experts. Dr CK Narayana, Principal Scientist and Chairman, Project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Cell, ICAR-IIHR convened the theme 1, whereas, Dr Sudha Mysore, Principal Scientist and Chair Person, Business Planning and Development (BPD) Unit, ICAR-IIHR convened the theme 2. Dr S Rajan, Director, CISH, Lucknow; Dr AN Ganesha Murthy; Dr BNS Murthy; Dr M Krishna Reddy; Dr Reju M Kurien; Dr PC Tripathy; Dr KS Shivshankar; Dr AK Saxena all from ICAR-IIHR; Dr Mukund, Professor, University Horticultural Sciences, Bagalakote; Shri L Gopalakrisha, Chairman, KSMD&MCL were the panelists for the Theme 1. Dr HS Oberoi; Dr CK Narayana; Dr RB Tiwari; Dr Senthil Kumaran; Dr R Venkattakumar of ICAR-IIHR, Dr Milind Joshi, MSAMB; Shri Ravindra, APEDA, Karnataka and Mrs. Sapahli, AGM of NABARD were the panelists. Dr Vasugi; Dr M Sankaran;  Mr Atheequlla, Dr Ranjitha, Dr Linta Vincent, Dr Anushma recorded the deliberations as rapporteurs.

 

'During the deliberations of theme 1 conducted on 18.5.2017, discussions on present status of innovations and future prospects of mango production in India, genetic diversity conservation; Farmers’ varieties; Plant Protection Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV & FRA); Registration of varieties;  sustainable use and livelihood security, Variety diversity and agro-ecological plasticity; quality planting materials production; off-season production; High Density Planting Systems (HDPs); Canopy management; judicious use of plant growth regulators; rejuvenation of unproductive orchards; Good management practices (GMP) for augmenting factor productivity; Management of pre-harvest factors associated with post-harvest behaviour; site-specific nutrient management; integrated water and nutrient management; challenges and approaches in pests and diseases management; emerging issues etc. happened. Similarly, during the deliberations of theme 2 conducted on 19.5.2017,  Post – harvest technologies; supply chain management; small farmer oriented mechanization; value addition; product diversification and secondary agriculture; export promotion of value added products; Mission mode approach for strengthening mango industry; risk and crop insurance in production and trade: A perspective; Role of financial institutions / development departments / Mango Board in supporting mango industry; Value chain in mango; marketing efficiency in existing and alternate trade practices; international trade in mango- is India ready for quantum leap?; Transfer technology systems for promotion of mango industry; use of IT resources and space technology etc. were discussed. The proceedings of these sessions were presented in the plenary session to compile a  pragmatic roadmap.

 

Plenary Session

 

The plenary session was organized on 19.5.2015, to finalize the proceedings of the workshop. Dr R Venkattakumar, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Social Sciences and Training, ICAR-IIHR and Co-Chairman of the Workshop extended The plenary session was Chaired by Hon'ble Deputy Director of Horticulture Dr AK Singh, ICAR. In his presidential address, Dr AK Singh emphasized the need for production of quality fruits, so that the huge potential for exploiting the domestic as well as international market can be harnessed. He also stressed upon cutting down the cost of Mango production, which will in turn facilitate doubling the income of Mango growers. Dr MR Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR and the Chairman of the National Workshop mentioned that there are many good management practices, which can help Mango growers in doubling their income. However, the Mango growers are not aware of these technologies and hence, there is an intense need for technology dissemination efforts. Thus, this workshop also served as a platform for creating awareness among the stakeholders about good management practices. Dr D Srinivasa Murthy, Principal Scientist (Agricultural Economics) and Chairman. Programme Committee presented the proceedings of the deliberations, which were further discussed and finalized. Dr B Narayanaswamy, Principal Scientist and Organizing Secretary of the workshop proposed formal vote of thanks.

 

Exhibition

 

An exhibition of more than 100 Mango varieties and accessions was organized for the benefit of stakeholders. The delegates were also provided with publications about Mango production, processing and marketing in different languages. The representatives of farmers gave satisfactory feedback about the programme during the plenary session, stating that the deliberation were useful in equipping themselves towards various aspects pertaining to Mango production, processing, marketing and trade. It is proposed to prepare a roadmap out of the two-day deliberations, suggesting action points for all the stakeholders including the policy makers for implementation, so that the objective of the workshop will be achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Updated on 23.05.2017