April 14, 2024


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CPCRI’s Vittal station produces 1 lakh areca seedlings

The regional station of the Central Plantation Crops Investigation Institute (CPCRI) at Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka has developed close to one lakh seedlings of distinctive types of arecanut this 12 months, according to a scientist.

Talking at an on the net training programme on ‘Good cultivation methods in arecanut’, organised by the CPCRI’s regional station on Friday, Nagaraja NR, a scientist from the station, reported that there is superior demand for the distinctive types of arecanut seedlings.

To meet the requirement of farmers, the regional station has developed close to one lakh seedlings all through the 12 months.

Referring to the distinctive types, he reported ‘Shata Mangala’ wide range was introduced in 2016. This particular wide range is appropriate for places taking up crimson and white arecanut cultivation. All-around 35,000 seedlings of this wide range were developed this 12 months. About four hundred-five hundred farmers procured this wide range from the regional station for cultivation in their farms, he reported.

The station has also introduced two hybrid-dwarf types of arecanut. Even though the yield is considerably less in these types when in comparison to other styles of arecanut, these dwarf types assist deal with the difficulties connected to labour issues, he reported.

To a question by a participant on the drought-resistant types, he reported arecanut plant needs a honest amount of money of drinking water for cultivation. Nevertheless, the institute is studying to develop such a wide range, he reported.

Stressing the need to have for arecanut-based multi-cropping program, he reported black pepper, cocoa and banana can be taken up as intercrops in arecanut plantations in coastal Karnataka and Kerala. Farmers in plain places of Karnataka can think about the cultivation of black pepper and cocoa or banana and lemon as intercrops in their plantations.

Growers in the northern part of West Bengal can think about possibly banana or lemon as an intercrop along with arecanut and black pepper in their plantations.

Farmers in Waynad district of Kerala and Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka can think about cardamom as an intercrop with arecanut, he reported.

Ravi Bhat, Head (Crop Creation), CPCRI, Kasaragod and CT Jose, Head of Vittal Investigation Station of CPCRI, spoke on event.