TSP farmers visit CHES farm for mango harvesting stage technologies
CHES, Bhubaneswar has been providing technological back up and critical inputs to tribal mango growers in Rayagada district of Odisha since last many years. Nearly 450 households growing mango on nearly 1100 acres and have formulated 8 groups in eight gram panchayats. As this is the fruiting season and harvesting is approaching, the members of each group were brought to CHES campus on 21.05.2017 to update their knowledge and skill in mango harvesting, handling and post harvest management for the production quality mangoes for market. The group members were led to visit various mango fields having different planting geometry and canopy management experiments. The method of harvesting, sap removal, washing and grading in various fruit weight categories were demonstrated. Afterwards they were apprise of importance of canopy management in quality fruit production and as such, were practically demonstrated the centre opening, canopy thinning and skirting methodologies. Later on, they were also taken to tamarind plants where one and half year plants came under flowering. After seeing the results, they indented the grafted tamarind plants in bulk in ensuing rainy season for planting as wind break around mango plantation as heavy winds cause fruit fall every year. The tamarind is a profitable crop in their area. The ripe fruits of Amrapalli were offered to them to taste so that they can make out the difference in quality and taste of mango harvested at right maturity stage. They were also exposed to well trained and centre opened mango plants having regulated number of fruit to see the impact of these operations on number marketable size fruits. The symptoms of jelly seed formation in over maturity mango were also shown to them and were apprise of impact of right stage harvesting in jelly see formation. The day long visit was co-ordinate by Dr. H. S. Singh and Sh. B. C. Patra.
Updated on 22.05.2017