1st December 2014, Coorg
Central Horticultural Experiment Station, (ICAR-IIHR), Chettalli, Coorg , Karnataka, in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH) organized “National Seminar on Strategies for Conservation, Improvement and Utilization Of Underutilized Fruits” during 1-3rd December 2014. The seminar aims to create a platform for exchange of ideas and thoughts among the scientific fraternity, entrepreneurs, farmers, growers, students etc. from ICAR institutes, SAUs, KVKs and other Govt. and Non - Govt. organizations from different parts of the country who have been associated with underutilized fruits.
Dr. T. Janaki Ram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR inaugurated the National seminar. He emphasized on conservation and utilization of these less known fruits for food and nutritional security of the common people. He also expressed that a Centre of Excellence of Underutilized fruits should be started to provide momentum to the research on these crops.
Dr.T.M. Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru described the achievements of the Station for the past two years for the research and development of the underutilized fruits particularly Rambutan, Mangosteen, Avocado, Passion fruit etc. He emphasized for more work on production technologies of these fruits.
Dr. V.A. Parathasarthy, National Co-coordinator for UNDP-TFT Project emphasized the role of Underutilized fruits and tree spices in the livelihood security of rural and tribal people. He opined on farm conservation of the indigenous underutilized fruits and tree spices.
Dr. N.A. Prakash, Dean, College of Forestry, Ponnampet also spoke in the National seminar.
Earlier, Dr. P.C. Tripathi, Head CHES, Chettalli welcomed the dignitaries and delegates, growers etc.
During this 3 days seminar, six technical sessions on status, PGR, production, protection, utilization, marketing, value addition etc, were conducted. Concurrent session of poster presentations was also organized alongside the respective technical sessions. The seminar was participated by the delegates, students and farmers from twelve states and thirty institutions.
More than 25 lead papers and 125 posters presentation were made during the seminar.
The programme was coordinated by Dr P C Tripathi, Organizing Secretary and Dr.R.Senthil Kimuar, Dr.V.Sankar and Dr.G. Karunakaran Co-organizing Secretaries.
(Source: Central Horticultural Experiment Station, (ICAR-IIHR), Chettalli)