CPCRI’s Vittal station produces 1 lakh areca seedlings

The regional station of the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) at Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka has developed all-around 1 lakh seedlings of various varieties of arecanut this year, in accordance to a scientist.

Speaking at an on the web teaching programme on ‘Good cultivation practices in arecanut’, organised by the CPCRI’s regional station on Friday, Nagaraja NR, a scientist from the station, claimed that there is fantastic desire for the various varieties of arecanut seedlings.

To fulfill the necessity of farmers, the regional station has developed all-around 1 lakh seedlings all through the year.

Referring to the various varieties, he claimed ‘Shata Mangala’ range was unveiled in 2016. This distinct range is appropriate for locations getting up purple and white arecanut cultivation. All-around 35,000 seedlings of this range ended up developed this year. About 400-500 farmers procured this range from the regional station for cultivation in their farms, he claimed.

The station has also unveiled two hybrid-dwarf varieties of arecanut. Even though the produce is less in these varieties when when compared to other kinds of arecanut, these dwarf varieties help deal with the difficulties connected to labour difficulties, he claimed.

To a query by a participant on the drought-resistant varieties, he claimed arecanut plant demands a truthful amount of money of drinking water for cultivation. On the other hand, the institute is studying to build these kinds of a range, he claimed.

Stressing the need to have for arecanut-primarily based multi-cropping system, he claimed black pepper, cocoa and banana can be taken up as intercrops in arecanut plantations in coastal Karnataka and Kerala. Farmers in simple locations of Karnataka can take into account the cultivation of black pepper and cocoa or banana and lemon as intercrops in their plantations.

Growers in the northern part of West Bengal can take into account both banana or lemon as an intercrop together with arecanut and black pepper in their plantations.

Farmers in Waynad district of Kerala and Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka can take into account cardamom as an intercrop with arecanut, he claimed.

Ravi Bhat, Head (Crop Manufacturing), CPCRI, Kasaragod and CT Jose, Head of Vittal Research Station of CPCRI, spoke on celebration.