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Litchi field day organized at CHES, Chettalli on 17th December 2013

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Litchi Field day was organized at CHES, Chettalli on 17.12.2013 for exhibiting promising varieties and new technologies, discussing the prospectus of litchi Cultivation in Kodagu (Karnataka) and Kerala. More than 50 planters of  Kodagu participated in the programme . Apart from this, Scientists of CHES Chettalli, IISR, Appangla, Coffee board, Chettalli, KVK, Gonikoppal and officials of state govt. participated in the programme. Dr. V. Sankar, Senior Scientist, CHES, Chettalli welcomed all the dignitaries and growers. Dr. P.C. Tripathi Head CHES Chettalli gave a presentation on prospects of Litchi Cultivation in Coorg. He told that litchi mature in off season (November- December) in Coorg. Being off season it has good market demands, though there are several concerns of litchi growers in   Coorg.  He discussed about the major problems of litchi growing in Coorg such as irregular flowering, nutrient management, insect pest, bird’s problems and quality concerns. He presented the technological options available for solving these problems and performance of litchi varieties at CHES Chettalli and some of grower’s fields  in Coorg. Dr. G. Karunakaran presented success stories of litchi growers in Coorg and Wynad region of Kerala. He pointed about that some the litchi growers are getting good profit from litchi plantations.

 Several queries raised by the growers regarding the cultivation, profitability, feasibility of litchi in Coorg and Wynyard  areas of Karnataka  and Kerala. It was explained that litchi cultivation is already been taken in large scale by some growers in Kadagdal, Virajpet area of Kodagu and Ambalvayal and Kalpeta  areas of Kerala .There is possibility of growing this crop in humid subtropical areas of  Karnataka, Kerala  and Tamil Nadu. Several growers also share their experience with this crop. A field visit to litchi orchards of CHES Chettalli was also organized. During the visit to litchi blocks, the growers were given practical exposure to the cultural requirements, fruiting, flowering pattern, yield and quality of Litchi. The programme was coordinated by Dr G. Karunakaran and Mrs Jayanthi Mala presented vote of Thanks.