Demonstration on canopy management in old mango trees

Experts demonstrating canopy management at the Thimmapuram Nursery maintained by the Horticulture Department.

KRISHNAGIRI: A demonstration on canopy management in old mango trees was held in Thimmapuram near Kaveripattiman here.

The programme was organised by the Horticulture Department for its officers from the ranks of Joint Directors, Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors from all the districts. Israel-based agriculture scientists, experts in mango cultivation, gave an on-field demonstration to the officials at the Thimmapuram Government Nursery. The experts identified and pruned the unwanted and dead branches of the trees with the help of a fully automated hydraulic lift.

Experts Michael Moshe Roy and Mr. Cliff Love said the optimum height of the mango trees should be between 4 and 4.5 metres, as it eased the field operations and harvest. The trees should be cut up to 4-metre height and 3-metre radius and it should be left as it is for one year. Next year, 50 per cent of the trees should be cut and the rest during the second year to a height of 1.5 metre and 1.5 metre width.

The National Horticulture Board had imported the lift ‘‘AFRON SA-650 ” worth about Rs. 12 lakh from Israel to use it for demonstration across the country.

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India: Karnataka Govt to bring in ordinance on Horticulture varisty

Bangalore Jan 29: The Karnataka Cabinet, which met here today decided to issue an ordinance to establish a Horticulture University to be set up in Bhagalkot, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar informed here today.

Speaking after the meeting he said an Ordinance would be issued for the Horticulture University at Bagalkot in northern Karantaka.

He said the decision followed after the Bill for the proposed University could not be brought in before the legislature, earlier.

He said the Cabinet had approved introducing Science and Commerce courses in 437 Pre-University Colleges in the state, where only Arts subjects were being taught. The cabinet also approved the release of Rs 175 crore to appoint 2018 lecturers and equip the PU colleges with science labs.

The cabinet also extended the tenure of Justice Jagannath Shetty Inquiry Commission into Police firing on farmers at Haveri, Justice A J Sadashiva Commission on SC and ST and Justice Somashekhar Commission on Church attacks in Karantaka till March 3 this year.

Enhancement of Freedom Fighters Pension from the present Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 effective from this month, also got the cabinet nod.

It was also decided to introduce Electronic Payment to the beneficiaries of various schemes under Social Security Schemes including Old-age, Widow and Physically Challenged persons on pilot basis in Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Dharwad district.

The state cabinet also decided to release Rs 7.20 crore to replace the 40-year-old Crust Gates of Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir across Cauvery river. Replying to questions, the minister said the cabinet also decided to drop cases against sugarcane farmers in five taluks and withdraw criminal cases filed against senior BJP legislator C T Ravi during the last Lok Sabha elections.

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Erode: Do not use land under food crops for cultivation of other crops

Officials told to ensure that farmers get a good price for their produce

ERODE: In promoting various crops, Horticulture Department officials should ensure that they do not take away land under food crops, C.V. Sairam, senior scientist, Zonal Project Directorate, Indian Council for Agriculture Research, Bangalore, has said.

“In the interest of the society, the Department officials should not use land under food crops for promoting any other crops, as food crop production is on the decline,” he told the Department officers at the one-day master training programme on Technological Options in Production, Post Harvest Management and Marketing of Aromatic Crops, the MRADA Krishi Vigyan Kendra conducted here on Friday.

“I understand that other crops should also be promoted and that Horticulture Department officials have targets to meet, which can be easily achieved by working in coordination with other departments.”

Mr. Sairam also asked the officers to ensure that farmers get a good price for their produce, as they “win on farms but lose out in markets.”

V. P. Alagesan, assistant director, Horticulture Department, Erode, said under the National Mission on Medicinal Plants, the Department had promoted gloriosa cultivation on 150 hectares and provided subsidy for the same to farmers.

The Department provided 50 per cent of the estimated cost of cultivation of Rs. 1.35 lakh a hectare and had given the subsidy to135 farmers, he said and added that gloriosa seeds were used for preparing medicines to cure knee pain.

Mr. Alagesan said in the current year, the Government had given a target of 200 ha and the Department had achieved the target by promoting the same plant.

He conceded that gloriosa cultivation was concentrated in and around Moolanur and Dharapuram, areas that were part of Tirupur district, but under the jurisdictional control of the Erode office of the Department. Once the control of the areas was transferred to the Tirupur office, the Erode office would have a tough time meeting the targets as in rest of the areas of the district, there was hardly any cultivation of medicinal plants and herbs.

The programme would provide the right opportunity for the Department officers to take up cultivation of medicinal plants, herbs and aromatic plants in other parts of the district, he added. G. Santhanam, assistant general manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Erode, said under the Banks tribal development programme to be taken up in Thalavady, Bargur and Kadambur hills, the Department officers could consider promoting herbs and aromatic plants.

M. Balusamy, professor and head, Agriculture Research Station, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Bhavani Sagar, said the University was committed to providing support to initiatives of the Department by giving quality seeds and saplings.

MYRADA-KVK Programme Coordinator P. Alagesan spoke on the activities of the organisation and explained how it had promoted rosemary cultivation in the hills and also offered marketing assistance for the farmers.

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Bangalore Flower Show: Qutub Minar all set to steal the show

The stage is set for a grand opening of the 119th horticultural show at Lalbagh here from Tuesday till January 27. The annual show is organised by the Mysore Horticultural Society in association with the State Department of Horticulture on the occasion of Republic Day.

The Chairman of the Mysore Horticultural Society N Jayaram told mediapersons that the main feature will be competition between government offices such as Raj  Bhavan, Vidhan Soudha, police department, schools and colleges, ministers’ bungalows, gardens, public sector undertakings like HAL, ITI, BEML, BHEL, Rail Wheel Factory, Indian Institute of Management, Mahanagara Palike, BDA, Private Bungalows, IT Gardens, Military Gardens, Leela Palace and Sarvalin, Hotel Samrat, The Bell Hotel, Safina Hotel, Hotel Gateway, Htel Cosmos, Taj West End, Sri Satya Saibaba Ashram and super speciality hospital gardens, and others.

More entries this time

This year, 485 entries came for garden competition as againt 435 last year, 292 for Ike Bana, Bonsai Show and vegetable carving competition as against 275 last year, and 474 exhibits  in the main horticultural show at glass house as against 461 last year.

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is scheduled to inaugurate the show on Tuesday at the Glass House at 3 pm. Horticulture Minister Umesh Katti, Transport and Bangalore South District in-charge Minister R Ashoka, BJP MP Ananth Kumar, MLA Dr Hemachandra Sagar, BBMP Administrator K M Shivakumar, IAS officer SG Hegade would attend the function.

The attraction this year will be the floral Qutub Minar, Cauvery Matha, Orchids Show, Dutch Flower Arrangement, Great Ike-Bana, Interstate Participation, Winter Flowers, Indo-American Hybrid Seeds Company display and Nursery requirement.

The entry fees for adults will be Rs 30 on working days and Rs 40 on holidays and Rs 10 for the children.

The Horticulture Department has requested people not to bring any food packets and all litter, trash or waste is to be dropped at random. Buses and lorries will not be allowed into the Lalbagh. Heavy vehicles may be parked at the KH Road and Hopcom premises.
 Two-wheelers and bicycles will be  allowed to enter through double road entrance and will be parked at the KG Tower near parking area.

 Four-wheeled light vehicles will be allowed to enter through south gate (Siddapura Gate) and should be parked at the nearest place and exit out through the same gate. Entry tickets will be issued at all the entry points. Issuing tickets will cease at 6 pm. All the visitors, their Cameras and luggage would undergo inspection at entry level.

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