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AICRP on Fruits
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ICAR-AICRP on Fruits organised its Eleventh Group Discussion

The XI Group Discussion of the ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits took place from January 22nd to 25th, 2024, at Navsari Agricultural University (NAU), Navsari, Gujarat. The event was inaugurated by Dr. V.B. Patel, ADG (Fruits and Plantation Crops), and presided over by Dr. Zinabhai P. Patel, Vice-Chancellor, NAU, Navsari, in the presence of distinguished guests, including Dr. Prakash Patil, Project Coordinator (Fruits), Dr. R. Selvarajan, Director, ICAR-NRCB, Dr. Kaushik Banerjee, Director, ICAR-NRCG, Dr. Bikash Das, Director, ICAR-NRCL, Dr. T. Damodaran, Director, ICAR-CISH, Dr. Jagadesh Rane, Director, ICAR-CIAH, and ICAR special invitees, Non-Official Experts Dr. B.M.C. Reddy and Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy.

During the inaugural address, Chief Guest Dr. V.B. Patel highlighted the project’s significance in contributing to the fruit sector in India. He suggested programme reorientation to address current needs and emphasized meeting safety standards for domestic and international markets. Dr. Zinabhai P. Patel, in his presidential address, stressed effective methods for addressing biotic stress and crop diversification.

Dr. Prakash Patil presented the project achievements for the reporting period (2022-2023) during the inaugural session. Guest of Honour, Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, emphasized the role of State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) in providing technologies for local farmers, maintaining observation databases, and ensuring quality publications.

The valedictory session presided over by Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Kumar Singh, DDG (Hort. Sci.), ICAR, emphasized the need for quality production, exploring new areas, addressing climate challenges and relevance of alternate site for germplasm conservation, and utilizing the potential of indigenous crops for enhanced foreign earnings. During the four-day deliberations, six entries were recommended for CVRC notification, including TBM-9, Phule Pride, NCR 17, Phule Mosambi, Kodur Sathgudi, and Palur-1 jackfruit. Additionally, Crimson Seedless, Fantasy Seedless, Red Globe grapes, Muttomvarikka, and Gumless Jackfruit were recommended for inclusion in the PoPs of the university.

A total of four crop production technologies and three crop protection technologies were recommended, covering areas such as nutrient schedules, irrigation scheduling, and pest control. Plans were made for six new MLTs in crop improvement in mango and pummelo, four in banana, litchi and mango crop production, and eight plant protection trials in banana, Citrus, guava, jackfruit and litchi.

In the farmer’s interaction meeting, issues related to mango flowering, increasing winter season production in sapota, the possibility of wine production in sapota, and mango irregular flowering were discussed.


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