Castor Field Day-cum-Exhibition

26th October, 2019, Hyderabad

Castor Field Day-cum-ExhibitionThe ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research (IIOR)  organized "Castor Field Day'' at Undyala Village, C.C. Kunta (Mandal), Mahbubnagar District, Telangana today.

Dr. P. Raghava Reddy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University urged the farmers for growing the good high yielding varieties and following the suggestions and management of crop to increase the net returns. He also encouraged the farmers for starting the village level oil expellers to extract the pure oil without any blends which are very remunerative and increase the profit.

Shri Ala Venkateshwar Reddy, MLA, Devarakadra Constituency opined the farmers for following the technologies demonstrated. He also assured them to provide the facilities required from the State Government.

Smt. Swarna Sudhakar Reddy, Chairman, ZPTC urged the farmers for taking-up the crops suitable to their soils based on soil testing.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. A. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Director, ICAR-IIOR stressed on the castor crop’s importance and its potential for yielding 10-15 quintals/acre with net returns up to Rs. 45,000/acre if sown in Rabi with limited irrigation instead of growing input and water intensive crops. He has assured the farmers to provide quality seed for Rabi season and encouraged them to develop as seed entrepreneurs by forming societies, take up seed production to increase their income by selling produce as seed.

Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad urged the farmers to observe the demonstration of sensor based technology for botrytis disease management as 42% excess rainfall was received during the current season in Mahbubnagar. He emphasized on the possibility of heavy incidence of botrytis. Dr. Prasad also highlighted about the organization of 100 demonstrations on oilseeds in the District with a financial support of Rs. 2,000/- per acre to the farmers as a part of 150th Birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Senior Officials of ICAR-IIOR and other Departments participated in the programme.

The main purpose of the visit was to create the awareness about the newly notified hybrid ICH-66. The ICH-66 along with the popular hybrid DCH 519 and management of Castor Botrytis disease were demonstrated in the farmers’ fields.

The field visits were followed by Farmers-Scientist interaction meet.

A total of 575 farmers from different Mandal visited the demonstration plots.

An exhibition on castor, safflower and sesame technologies was also organized.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad)