Students of TNAU Anbil Dharmlingam Agricultural College and Research Institute at guava farm on the college premises at Navalur Kuttapattu on Tuesday.— Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
The Tamil Nadu Agriculture University Horticulture College for Women and Research Institute has taken up a special initiative for raising high density guava cultivation to sensitise horticultural farmers to enhance yield through good agricultural practices.
The pilot project taken up under the National Agriculture Innovation Project of the Indian Council of Agriculture and Research, aims at raising 2,222 saplings of guava on a hectare as against the normal 500 plants a hectare under the conventional method.
The project which was taken up six months ago, will give the desired results of higher yield in another six months, says P. Pandiyarajan, Dean of the college. Against the usual yield of six to eight tonnes, the yield under the high density guava cultivation would be at least 18 tonnes and it may reach even 25 tonnes in course of time.
The objective is to promote higher yield in guava through good agricultural practices. Apart from monitoring the crop protection strategy, guava cultivators would be motivated to produce export-oriented fruits, says T. N. Balamohan, former Special Officer of the college.
Mr. Balamohan, currently Dean of the TNAU Horticultural College, Periyakulam, initiated the project during his tenure as the Special Officer of the TNAU Horticultural College and Research Institute for Women here six months ago. The high quality species of ‘Lucknow 49’ had been cultivated at model farm, he said.
The project would sensitise farmers to apply right quantum of fertilisers as part of crop protection strategy.
Students of the Agricultural College and Horticultural College at Navalaur Kuttapattu benefit from the programme as they monitor the growth of the plants at the model farm regularly. A cross section of students of the college told The Hindu on Tuesday that the model farm inspired them to learn the importance of ensuring quality in horticultural produce.