Mr Lavoo Mamletdar, MLA, Ponda flagged off a group of fifty farmers on an educational tour to Regional Fruit Research Station, Vengurla at a function organised at Farmagudi, Ponda on the 13th of July. This tour that was organised by Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd, Goa as part of GAIN (Goa Agri Initiative), was a golden opportunity for the farmers of Goa, aimed at helping them gain insights into new agricultural technology, and enhancing their income from agriculture.
The Regional Fruit Research Station was established in 1957 and during the last fifty eight years, a large number of high-yielding varieties of fruit crops have been developed by its team of scientists.
Interacting with the participants, Mr S S Bakhale, Chief Manager-GAIN, explained about the R&D activities undertaken at Research Station and informed the farmers about how they could benefit by adopting new varieties of fruit crops developed there. The group studied the performance of high yielding categories such as Konkan Prolific (jack fruit), Bahadoli (jamun), Ratna and Sindhu (mango), Konkan Lemon (lime), along with Vengurla-4 and Vengurla 5 varieties of cashew developed by the institute.
The farmers were also briefed on various extension activities undertaken by the institute. The queries raised by farmers were answered by the crop specialists during a classroom session.
Based on insights gained at Vengurla, the Goan farmers are planning to procure hybrid coconut TX D plants in large numbers, besides selected varieties of other fruit crops such as cashew, jam, jamun, kokum, nutmeg, jackfruit etc for the current season. The agronomists form ZACL would guide the farmers on planting operations and crop husbandry, as part of the GAIN project.