29th March 2016, Puttur
ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur celebrated Annual Cashew day today to provide technology backstopping to farmers on frontline cashew production technologies
Dr. H.P. Singh, Former DDG (Horticulture), Chief Guest of the event, in the inaugural address, stressed on the need for better management of cashew orchards utilizing the power of science and technology. He called for wider outreach of the technologies in collaboration with development departments. He opined that farmer producer associations may be started by cashew farmers so that farmers get more benefit from the crop.
Earlier, Dr. S.D. Sharanappa, Superintendent of Police; Dakshina Kannada and the Guest of Honour of the event addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of farming as the noblest profession. He stressed upon sustainability in yield and income from cashew farming and called for the institutionalization of cashew processing at grass root level.
In his presidential address, Prof. P.L. Saroj, Director, ICAR-DCR called upon the farmers to follow the right technologies along with the proper recommendations as indicated by scientists to reap the benefits from cashew cultivation. He observed that the achievements of these farmers will motivate the new farmers to take up cashew cultivation in a scientific manner.
.On this occasion, an exhibition of cashew production technologies was organized along with field trip to various cashew research plots.
Earlier two publications; ‘Insect pests of cashew and their management’ and ‘cashew cultivation practices’ were released by the dignitaries.
More than 150 cashew farmers participated besides nursery men, representatives of KVK, development departments, NGOs and scientists.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur)