28th March, 2013, Chettalli
Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries visited Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES), Chettalli, Coorg District under Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore on 28thMarch 2013 to get an overview of research and extension initiatives of the station.
Shri Pawar appreciated the research work carried out at the station, particularly on Coorg Mandarin and fruits of the future. He further emphasized that the production of the quality planting material should be enhanced in collaboration with the growers/ private nurseries. Shri Pawar interacted with scientists and farmers asked about the major problems faced by the farmers related to their respective disciplines. Responding to the concerns, the Minister assured farmers that necessary efforts will be taken to suitably address their problems.
Dr. A.S. Sidhu, Director, IIHR welcomed the Minister and briefed about the station. He highlighted that among the three Central Horticultural Experimental Stations working under IIHR, CHES, Chettalli, is one of the oldest station, addressing specifically horticultural problems of humid tropics. He also highlighted that the Centre has developed many unique varieties and production technologies in crops like Citrus, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Rambutan and Pepper. The Station has a collection of nearly 40 fruits, which includes many future fruits and this merits for considering this Station as ‘Centre of Excellence for Future Fruit Crops”. Dr.P.C.Tripathi, Head, CHES, Chettalli presented the activities of the station.
Directors of ICAR institutes of the region and many local progressive growers were present on this occasion.
(Source: IIHR, Bangalore)