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Workshop on Pineapple organized by CHES, ICAR-IIHR Bhubaneswar

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Considering the potential of pineapple in enhancing profitability of farming community, the Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar organized a “Workshop on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for sustainable pineapple production” on 25th June, 2019 under RKVY.  The program was inaugurated by   Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar and graced by Dr. P C Lenka, Former Head, Hort., OUAT and Dr. Kalpana Rayaguru, Head, OUAT. Dr. G C Acharya, Head, CHES, Bhubaneswar welcomed the guests and highlighted the activities of the station for the development of Horticulture. Dr. Ambast highlighted the importance of environmental sustainability and resource use efficiency in agriculture. Dr. P C Lenka put emphasis on the significance of pineapple as an intercrop in Odisha. Dr.  Rayaguru highlighted the importance post-harvest management in enhancing market value of pineapple. Dr. Kundan Kishore, Coordinator, gave a brief account of the Workshop.

The program was organized with an aim to demonstrate and disseminate Good Agricultural Practices for pineapple among farming community and extension functionaries to enhance productivity and profitability and to bring sustainability in horticulture production system. Display of genetic diversity of pineapple, demonstration of production technology and post-harvest management, farmers’ - Scientist - entrepreneur interface and availability of quality planting materials were major highlights. The program was attended by more than 100 participants comprised of horticulture officers of different districts, farmers from Nayagarh, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Khurdha, Puri and Cuttack, and research scholars. Pineapple varieties such as Queen, Mauritius, Kew, Giant Kew, MD-2, and Spanish, were displayed along with the production technology.

Dr. Chintamani Panda, OUAT, Dr. Kalpana Rayaguru, OUAT and Dr. P K Panda,                        ICAR-IIWM highlighted the importance of Good Agricultural Practices, post-harvest management and water management in pineapple, respectively. Dr. Kundan Kishore, put emphasis on the scientific production technology of pineapple for enhancing profitability, ensuring environmental safety and quality fruit production.  

Participants were exposed to scientific production technologies such as bed preparation, selection of planting material, water management through drip irrigation, mulching, nutrient management and fruit harvesting method, etc.  at the research farm of CHES. Mango and pineapple intercropping model was also demonstrated. Participants were advised to cultivate pineapple between mango plantations as it not only provides better income but also ensures better utilization of resources. Planting materials of pineapple were distributed among the farmers of Dhenkanal, Boudh, Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Puri to encourage them to cultivate the crop as an intercrop under different horticulture system such as mango-based, cocout-based and oilpalm based. The Workshop was a step towards doubling farmers’ income by raising promising crops between the existing plantations. The program was coordinated by Dr. Kundan Kishore with the help Dr. Deepa Samant (Coordinator) and Suchitra Behera.