Two -day trainer’s training on ‘High density planting and canopy management of important fruit crops” was organized by Central Institute of Horticulture, DAC, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI, Medziphema, Nagaland at Aizawl, Mizoram on February 17 and18.
The training was organized for state government officials of horticulture dept. govt. of Mizoram.
The objective of the training was to upgrade the skills and knowledge to increase fruit production with enhanced quality, who will in turn be the master trainers for the farmers in their state.
Sentiyangla HS, CIH, Medziphema, Nagaland welcomed the participants and briefed about the purpose of the training, while Zotawna, joint director, department of horticulture, govt. of Mizoram stressed on the importance of canopy management.
Zotawna stated that training and pruning affects the quality of sunlight intercepted by trees, which allows the plant to develop better architecture that optimizes the utilization of sunlight and promotes productivity.
The resource persons for the training programme were Dr. V K Singh, principal scientist, CISH, Lucknow and Prof. S K Sarkar, head, Dept. of fruit, BCKV, West Bengal.
Various topics of the training include “Importance of high density planting and canopy management in fruit crops, HDP and canopy management in citrus, guava, mango, passion fruit, grape and banana,
As a part of the training programme, participants were taken for a field visit to Maria’s Nursery Farm at Vaipuanpho on February 18 where they were shown practical demonstration on canopy management of fruits like citrus, guava, banana and even papaya.
The valedictory programme was held at horticulture conference hall on February 18 with Liansailova, minister for horticulture, Govt. of Mizoram as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, the minster first thanked CIH for organizing the training in their state and also the resource persons.
He stated the topics were relevant particularly in context of Mizoram where development of horticulture was very fast and that the state’s economy solely depended on agriculture, of which horticulture play a major role.
He also stressed that in spite of potential area of 50-60% cultivated area for horticulture crops, only 5% of the area could be expanded for horticulture activities and adding the state has a long way to go with regard to development of horticulture and that the average productivity per hectare was lesser than the national level.
The resource persons also gave a brief remark and stated that there was wide technology gap which needs to be addressed and taught. And as per their observation they also suggested to go for improved varieties since there was lot of scope for papaya, banana, litchi and citrus.
The resource persons also found the participants to be enthusiastic and aggressive in learning, adding such characteristic was needed for horticulture development.
Brief remarks from the participants were delivered by Lalnghahsangi, HEO and Henry Varte, AHEO.
Certificates were handed over to all participants by the chief guest.
Altogether 52 officials from eight districts of Mizoram attended the training.