National Seminar on Strategies for Conservation, Improvement and Utilization of Underutilized Fruits Organized at CHES, Chettalli
National Seminar on Strategies for Conservation, Improvement and Utilization Of Underutilized Fruits was organized at Central Horticultural Experiment Station, (ICAR-IIHR), Chettalli, Coorg , Karnataka, on 1-3rd December 2014 in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH). The seminar aims to create a platform for exchange of ideas and thoughts among the scientific fraternity, entrepreneurs, farmers, growers, students etc. from ICAR institutes, SAUs, KVKs and other Govt. and Non - Govt. organizations from different parts of the country who have been associated with underutilized fruits. Dr. T. Janaki Ram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR inaugurated the National seminar. He emphasized on conservation and utilization of these less known fruits for food and nutritional security of the common people. He also expressed that a Centre of Excellence of Underutilized fruits should be started to provide
momentum to the research on these crops. Dr.T.M. Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru described the achievements of the Station for the past two years for the research and development of the underutilized fruits particularly Rambutan, Mangosteen, Avocado, Passion fruit etc. He emphasized for more work on production technologies of these fruits. Dr. V.A. Parathasarthy, National Co-coordinator for UNDP-TFT Project emphasized the role of Underutilized fruits and tree spices in the livelihood security of rural and tribal people. He opined on farm conservation of the indigenous underutilized fruits and tree spices. Dr. N.A. Prakash, Dean, College of Forestry, Ponnampet also spoke in the National seminar. Earlier, Dr. P.C. Tripathi, Head CHES, Chettalli welcomed the dignitaries and delegates, growers etc. During this 3 days seminar, six technical sessions on status, PGR, production, protection, utilization, marketing, value addition etc, were conducted. Concurrent session of poster presentations was also organized alongside the respective technical sessions. The seminar was participated by the delegates, students and farmers from twelve states and thirty institutions. More than 25 lead papers and 125 posters presentation were made during the seminar. Dr. V.A. Parathasarthy, National Co-coordinator for UNDP-TFT Project, Dr S.K. Sharma, Director, CIAH, Bikaner , Dr P.L Saroj Director , DCR ,Puttur, Dr H. Ravisankar, Former Director, CISH, Lucknow, Dr. Vishal Nath, Director , NRC Litchi Muzzafarpur, Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI, Kasaragod, Dr Ramanath Rao, Bioversity International, Dr. N. Kumar, Former Dean, TNAU, Coimbatore, Dr. B.C. Uthaiah, Ex Dean College of Forestry, Ponnampet, Dr B.C. Deka Joint Director, ICAR - NEH, Barapani, Dr G.S. Pandey , Director ,Agriculture, Andaman& Nicobar, Dr M.R. Dinesh , Head, Division of Fruits IIHR, Bangalore were among the lead speakers. On the 3rd day seminar, the Scientists- Farmers- Entrepreneurs session was also organized, more than 16 progressive growers , processors and marketing experts were presented during the deliberations. More than 500 farmers all over the country from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala were participated during the programme. An exhibition was also organized during this occasion which was inaugurated by Dr. T. Janaki Ram , Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR on first day of the seminar. Many ICAR Institutes, Research station, KVKs, CHES, IISR, DCR, DASD, Spices board, Coffee board other research institutes displayed their achievements and technologies. A special exhibition of various underutilized fruits was also displayed under UNDP TFT Project three farmers who are maintaining and utilizing underutilized fruits were given certificate of appreciation. The plenary session was chaired by Dr. A.N. Ganeshmurthy, Head, Division of Soil Science and Agro Chemistry IIHR., Bengaluru and Deputy General Manager - NABARD, Deputy Director NHB, local representatives were expressed their views during this session. The speakers appreciated the various deliberations of the seminar and hope that all the recommendations emerging out of this seminar will be implemented in coming years.
The delegates and farmers were also taken for the field visits to various research blocks of CHES, Chettalli viz, rambutan, avocado, litchi, passion fruits, minor citrus fruits etc on 2nd and 3rd December 2014. The programme was coordinated by Dr P C Tripathi, Organizing Secretary and Dr.R.Senthil Kimuar, Dr.V.Sankar and Dr.G. Karunakaran Co-organizing Secretaries.