Biswanath Chariali: The ICAR-CCRI, Nagpur, and Regional Research Centre for Citrus, Biswanath Chariali organized a farmers' training programme on Sunday in the auditorium of the Biswanath College of Agriculture. This is informed by Dr MS Ladaniya, Director, CCRRI, and RRCC.
About 100 farmers from Tinsukia, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, and Dhemaji districts will participate. Farmers who are growing Khasi mandarin (orange) and Assam lemon (Kazi Nebu) will benefited from presentations of experts on the subject. In Assam, citrus (mandarin, lemon, pummelo) are grown in 30,000 hectare area and production is 3,30,000 tonnes annually. This regional centre of ICAR has conducted eight trainings so far and 600 farmers of Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur and Tinsukia has been benefitted.
Pranav Kumar Sarma, Deputy Commissioner of Biswanath, Dr.Brajesh Kumar Pandey, ADG (Hort. Science), Dr AC Barbora, Head, Citrus Research Station, Tinsukia, and Dr. RN Barman, Associate Dean of BNCA, will be present in the inaugural programme on Sunday. Officials of Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Lakimpur, Sonitpur, Dhemaji will also be present. Experts Dr. JP Dutta and Dr. Barbora from Citrus Research Station, Tinsukia will also deliver lectures, apart from scientists of CRRI, Nagpur. There will also be a citrus fruit show depicting more than 30 varieties. Farmers will also get the opportunity to visit the experimental farm of the centre where they can actually see the performance of various citrus varieties.