Itanagar: Lucknow-based Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR-CISH) director Dr Shailendra Rajan has assured to provide genuine planting material and technical know-how to progressive farmers for hi-tech agriculture and horticulture cultivation.
His assurance came when he called on Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar here and discussed various issue related with development of sub-tropical fruits and horticulture products.
Mein sought help for growing guava while Kumar lauded quality of Lalit guava, produced at Yachuli by progressive farmer Likha Maj.
The Chief Secretary suggested area expansion for cultivation of Lalit variety to which Dr Rajan assured to provide best quality planting material from ICAR and training of farmers and other officials in high tech guava cultivation for increasing production to facilitate fresh consumption by the masses, a press release informed.
Dr Ranjan had visited Yachuli garden earlier and appreciated Maj for his initiative. He said that red-colour Lalit guava, one of the best quality in India developed by ICAR-CISH, is very suitable for Arunachal and can help set up fruit industries.
Working for last 33 years on guava breeding, he admitted about its taste and attractiveness for which it is grown in thousands of hectare across the country.
Few Arunachal farmers were given week-long training at Lucknow CISH in the past followed by constant guidance for which a team of young farmers succeeded in its production in the state, Dr Ranjan disclosed.
Suitable climatic condition of Yachuli helped in growth of Lalit with excellent sugar acid blend, Dr Ranjan said adding, his advice to plant five times more saplings than other varieties in Yachuli also yielded very encouraging results.
“The proposed Mega Food Park at Banderdewa will require several MT fruits every month for which area expansion for Lalit and other fruits, like pineapple, kiwi is essential for horticulture development,” Dr Ranjan suggested.
“ICAR-CISH will continue to offer technical support and genuine planting material to progressive farmers and 20,000 Lalit saplings to the state government soon to begin with,” he added.