Scientists of the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, urged the farming community to adopt site-specific nutrient management for tapioca.
At a seminar organised recently by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in association with the ICAR – Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) to sensitise the tapioca growers on latest varieties, production and protection technologies, the programme coordinator of KVK, N. Sriram said tapioca is one of the important crop in Tamil Nadu and is cultivated in more than one lakh hectares. N. Elango, Joint Director of Agriculture, in his inaugural address, said that tapioca is introduced as alternate crop especially in the rain-fed areas.
Of late the farmers have leant the skills and knowledge to improve the production, but have not developed the capacity to deal with market. He urged the scientists to develop starch rich, short duration and drought tolerate tapioca varieties for the improving the livelihood status of the rain fed farmers.
Mr. Elango released the site specific nutrient management for tapioca CD and pamphlet. M. N. Sheela, Principal Scientist and Head, Crop Improvement Division of CTCRI, distributed new tapioca variety namely Sree Pavithra to the farmers as alternate variety for Mulluvadi and H266 varieties.
V. Ravi, Head, Crop Production Division, presented the site specific nutrient management strategies for tapioca. Dr. Ravi also shared the research experience on mulching technology in tapioca to manage weeds and other related problems.
R. Muthuraj, senior scientist, seed technology, shared his research experience on different tapioca planting methods to effectively utilise the available seed materials. Farmers and scientists interaction session also formed part of the seminar.
Mini exhibition on tapioca technologies attracted the participants.
Source : The Hindu