Scientist stresses adoption of cluster farming, formation of litchi export zones

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JAMMU: Eminent scientist from National Research Centre on Litchi (NRCL), Muzzafarpur, Dr Vishal Nath on Tuesday urged orchardists to adopt modern techniques in litchi cultivation. He also stressed on adoption of cluster farming keeping in view the decreasing land holding of the farmers and formation of litchi export zones.
As part of efforts to promote the cultivation of litchi and provide on spot solution to the problems faced by the farmers, the department of Horticulture Jammu had organised a day-long training-cum-interactive session here at village Band Ghai, Block Marh.
Litchi growers from Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur and Reasi districts participated in the programme. Dr Vishal Nath explained various aspects of litchi cultivation with respect to its economics and diversification of traditional crops, an official handout read.
Another senior scientist from NRCL, Dr Amrinder Kumar explained nutrient management, fertiliser application, plant protection operations and soil sampling and canopy management to harvest good quality produce, it read.
On spot canopy management and girdling was also demonstrated in the orchard of a farmer by the team of experts from NRCL.
The farmer appreciated the efforts of the department in organising such awareness programme. The programme was held under the supervision of Chief Horticulture officer Jammu S Kirtan Singh Raina, read the handout.
Subject matter specialists and horticulture development officers also attended the programme.