Vegetable field day organized at IIHR, Bangalore on 16th September 2014
Division of vegetable crops has been organizing demonstrations of recent and popular vegetable varieties developed at the institute twice every year since 2011. This year a field day of “Improved vegetable varieties / F1 hybrids and Production technology” was organized on 16th September, 2014 by the Division of Vegetable crops at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru. More than 200 farmers from Bangalore, Mysore, Chikballapur, Doddaballapur and Tumkur districts of the Karnataka and Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh took part in the Field Day.
The list of hybrids/HYV showcased are high-yielding triple disease resistant tomato hybrids (Arka Rakshak and Arka Samrat), high-yielding disease resistant chilli hybrids ( Arka Khyati, Arka Meghana & Arka Harita), bacterial wilt resistant brinjal hybrid (Arka Anand), Onion varieties (Arka Vishwas, Arka Sona, Arka Swadista & Arka Ujjwal), hybrids (Arka Lalima & Arka Kirthiman) and synthetic variety (Arka Bheem), French bean varieties (Arka Suvidha, Arka Anoop & Arka Sharath), Dolichos varieties (Arka Amogh, Arka Sambhram & Arka Soumya), Pea varieties (Arka Sampoorna, Arka Priya & Arka Pramod), Multicut Amaranthus varieties (Arka Suguna & Arka Samraksha), Palak variety (Arka Anupama), Coriander variety (Arka Isha), Pumpkin (Arka Suryamukhi & Arka Chandan), Bush Squash (Patty Pan), Ridge gourd (Arka Sujat) and Bottle gourd (Arka Bahar).
The programme started with a field visit to the vegetable demonstration block where all the above mentioned varieties were grown according to recommended precision farming techniques including mulching, drip irrigation, fertigation etc. Along with the crop demonstration a display of harvested produce of these vegetable varieties was also arranged. The breeders explained the features of these varieties and clarified queries raised by farmers. Brochures on vegetable varieties released from IIHR and recommended cultivation practices were distributed to farmers. Seeds of these varieties were also made available for sale.
Scientists -farmers interactive meeting was arranged after the field visit. The session was chaired by Acting Director, Dr.Ganesh Murthy and Co chaired by Dr.M.Prabhakar, Head, Divison of vegetable crops and Dr.M.R.Hegde, Head, Division of Extension. In a detailed interaction the scientists clarified the several issues raised by the farmers like availability of seeds of tomato hybrid Arka Rakshak, inter cultivation of French bean, diseases and pests in vegetable crops, new resistant varieties. The whole event was recorded for telecast by Doordarshan.
Mrs.Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation visited this demonstration on 17th Sep, 2014. Display of samples of all the varieties and interaction with all the scientists was arranged. She appreciated the efforts made in developing these varieties and promised to work with IIHR in future on common interests.