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VC moots consultative workshops of agriculture officers, scientists

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‘Issues faced by farmers could be best addressed by evolving such a mechanism’

Kerala Agricultural University Vice Chancellor R. Chandra Babu has careworn the necessity for organising consultative workshops of agriculture officers and scientists in a district to deal with the agriculture-related points being confronted by the farming neighborhood.

Speaking after inaugurating a consultative workshop on agricultural issues in Wayanad, collectively organised by the KAU, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Wayanad, and Department of Agriculture, at Ambalavayal within the district on Thursday, Dr. Chandra Babu mentioned that agriculture officers had been the most effective sources to deliver out the sphere degree realities on the grass-roots degree.

“At a time when the climate change is raising a serious threat to the farming community, such workshops will help the varsity to bridge the research extension gaps that exist at the grass-roots level’, Dr. Chandra Babu said.

KVK head Allan Thomas said the programme was organised to address the felt and unfelt needs of the farming community. Interaction with agriculture officers alone would reveal the real issues of farmers, Dr. Thomas said.

The workshops stressed the need for a standard of procedure for high-density planting of banana in the district and conduct scientific researches for studying whether there were any physiological responses related to the “njattuvela” calendar, particularly for implementing Bharathiya Prakritik Krishi Paddhathi programmes.

It was beneficial learning whether or not there was any subsoil acidity because of steady rain and use of heavy equipment in paddy lands within the district and if there was any subsoil acidity which was contributing to a decline within the pepper yield.

It was steered that analysis be carried out to search out out whether or not grafted varieties may scale back fast wilt incidence and whether or not there was any correlation between drought and fast wilt of pepper.

The workshops additionally mentioned the problems corresponding to blackening of banana simply after ripening and screening of excessive yielding fragrant rice varieties appropriate to the district

.Dr. Jayasree Krishnankutty, Director of Extension, KAU, presided over the perform and principal agriculture officer A.P. Shirly delivered the keynote tackle.