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Meeting of Members of NSC on Arecanut and Arecanut Farmers with Sushri Shobha Karandlaje

Jan 07, 2024 : ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod | Author:Web Admin

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoS & FA) Sushri Shobha Karandlaje called upon a meeting of members of the National Scientific Committee on Arecanut and representative farmers of All India Arecanut Grower’s Association on 07.01.2024 at Chikkamagaluru to discuss yellow leaf disease (YLD) and leaf spot disease (LSD) of arecanut. The Chairman of NSC on Arecanut Dr K.B. Hebbar, Director, ICAR-CPCRI and members of NSC including Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director, DASD, Dr. Ravi Bhat, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI, Dr H.R. Naik, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Dakshina Kannada, Dr. B. Gangadhar Naik, Prof. & Head (Plant Pathology), KSNUAHS, Shivamogga and Dr. Vinayaka Hegde, Head Crop Protection, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod, attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Shri Araga Jnanendra, MLA, Thirthahalli, Shivamogga, Shri Jeevaraj, former MLA, Sringeri, Mr. Mahesh H.S., Vice President and other members of MAMCOS, Shivamogga, Officers from Dept. of Horticulture and Agril., Chikkamagaluru, Mr. M.J. Dinesh, Chairman, Coffee Board and Mr. Talavane Prakash, President, Areca Grower’s Organisation and other representative farmers of the organization.

In the meeting, farmers representatives were updated by the Honourable Minister on the recommendations made by NSC based on research findings made at ICAR-CPCRI and KSNUAHS on leaf spot disease and the Government’s action on the matter.

Recommendations on Management of Leaf Spot Disease of Arecanut  Click here for more details

Dr. B. Gangadhar Naik mentioned that the State Govt funding to KSNUAHS and demonstrations of the recommended in Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru district. As per the suggestion of the farmers, it was also decided to take up one more plot of arecanut in the Koppa or Sringeri area in the disease affected garden.

Later Minister mentioned that the case regarding the harmful effect of arecnaut is in the Supreme Court and there is a need to provide the published evidence that arecanut is ‘not harmful’ to the Supreme Court. For which, Dr. K.B. Hebbar explained that ICAR-CPCRI has recently conducted a workshop with doctors from reputed institutes like AIIMS, CCMB etc, and preparing a project proposal that will be submitted to the Ministry immediately.