Orissa Guv to scientists: Evolve appropriate cropping system

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 6 (UNI) Orissa Governor M C Bhandare today urged the agriculture scientists to evolve appropriate cropping system for different agro-climatic conditions to utilise every inch of land for obtaining higher income.

Inaugurating the third Indian Horticulture Congress here, Mr Bhandare said there was enough scope for the area expansion of organic spices, fruits and vegetables in Orissa, although it was the second largest producer of vegetables in the country after West Bengal.

The four-day function was being organised by the Horticulture Society of India, New Delhi, in collaboration with Union Agriculture Ministry and Orissa Horticulture Society.

The Governor said despite several research leads, there were gaps requiring focussed attention and effective action.

Development of improved varieties of fruits, vegetables, medicinal and aromatic crops, flowers and ornamental crops, spices, cashew and oil palm, resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses needed to be taken up on priority, he said.

Mr Bhandare said there was a need to standardise techniques for rapid propagation, apart from evolving agro techniques on efficient water management.

He also stressed on integrating plant nutrient management system, harmonising disease and pest management for horticultural crops, and developing technology for high-tech horticulture, organic production, post harvest management and value addition.

Mr Bhandare also called upon the scientists to evolve techniques to manage the post-flood farming and increase output.

Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jhakar stressed the need for value addition for getting better returns, stating that the farmers should use modern technology.

Former Goa Chief Minister Pratap Singh Rane opposed the entry of the exotic plants and crop from other countries, saying such steps would sabotage the country's indigenous produce.

Former Speaker of Himachal Prdesh Vidya Stokes urged the scientists to evolve cheap essential service to the farmers, apart from ensuring good returns to the farmers.

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