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Expert focus on better mango yield

M.L. Choudhary, the vice-chancellor of Bihar Agriculture University (BAU), Sabour, has strengthened the need for community-based association to promote mango cultivation.

BAU, in collaboration with Bihar Horticulture Society, is organising a three-day national conference on mango diversity, production, post-harvest management, exports and mango diversity event at the varsity from June 9-11.

This is an effort towards the larger goal of forming a federation of mango growers in the state. Choudhary said: “India is the largest producer of mangoes in the world. Bihar has a long history of mango production but farmers here do not get proper remuneration. This prevents them from using scientific techniques, which has an adverse impact on production.”

According to him, the aim of organising the national conference at BAU, Sabour, was to invite and bring research organisations, progressive farmers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-government organisations at one place for synergy among the various stakeholders.

“New strategies would be discussed during the conference for the rapid adaptation of new promising varieties and technologies developed by various organisations in order to produce quality mango and enhance livelihood of the mango farmers,” Choudhary said.

According to him, N.K. Krishna Kumar, deputy director general (horticulture), Indian Council of Agriculture, New Delhi, would be the chief guest at the function while Insram Ali, president, Mango Growers’ Association of India, Sopan Kanchan, president of Confederation on Indian Horticulture, D.K. Sharma, vice-president of Mango Growers’ Association of India and other mango experts would attend the seminar.

Choudhary said more than 400 farmers from panchayat to district level from different parts of Bihar, along with experts and tillers from Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bengal and Maharashtra would take part in the function.

“We would display over 700-800 varieties of mangoes in the programme to showcase their diverse kinds,” the vice-chancellor said.

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