Farmers Interface Meeting on Pomegrante Plant Health Management
Pomegranate is one of the important fruit crops being cultivated in India. In Karnataka farmers are growing pomegranate in an area of 1350 ha. It is very severally affected with the bacterial leaf blight along with wilt which causes severe yield and profit losses to the farmers. In order to address these problems, Div. of Soil Science, IIHR, Bangalore has taken a project under RKVY scheme in the year 2014-15. In collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hirehalli, they have organized a Farmers Interface Meeting on 16.10 2014 at Farmer Sri Mohan Kumar’s Farm, Madde Village , Pavagada Taluk, Tumkur, in order to raise awareness in this regard and take up suitable control measures on demonstration mode. Dr. Ganeshamurthy, Head, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, IIHR, Bangalore inaugurated the meeting and stressed the need for maintaining the Pomegranate Plant Health, rather than taking the control measures for Pest and Diseases outbreak. He explained physiology of the Pomegranate Plant, requirement of Organic Manures and Chemical fertilizers, Time and Method of application etc. Dr, Paneerselvam, Sr. Scientist. Div. of Soil Science, IIHR, Bangalore explained the role of Soil Microorganisms in relation to Plant Health Management. Arka Microbial Consortium (AMC) is one of the important products in promoting antagonistic effect to Soil Borne Pathogens. He explained the quantity, method and time of application of AMC. Dr Loganandhan, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Hirehalli explained in detail about the activities being under taken by the KVK, Hirehalli in Pavagada Taluk. He informed the farmers to get more benefits from the KVK and IIHR, especially with regard to Pomegranate crop management. Sri P.R.Ramesh, Subject Matter Specialist (Soil Science) explained the method of Soil Sampling. Sri B. Hanumanthe Gowda, Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection) and Sri J.M.Prashant, Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) answered the queries raised by the farmers. Dr. Selvakumar, Sr. Scientist. Div. of Soil Science, IIHR, Bangalore, along with Mr.P.R.Ramesh, demonstrated the application of AMC in the field.
A field demonstration on methods of application of microbial consortiums to enhance crop growth and disease suppression was also shown to the farmers in the pomegranate orchard.