Two-day training programme in ‘Sustainable production practices in nutmeg cultivation’, concluded at ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research,on Friday. The two day online training programme witnessed the participation of over 100 nutmeg farmers from across Kerala.
The webinar was inaugurated by Dr. Femina, deputy director of the Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development inaugurated the workshop. “Nutmeg cultivation is showing positive signs in Kerala. To continue this positive trend,there should be attempts to introduce farmers’ varieties and researchers’varieties to more farmers,” suggested Dr. Femina.The institute will reach out to maximum number of farmers, through webinars,even though the Covid-19 has imposed many restrictions on direct training and farm visits, said Dr. Santhosh J Eapen, director of IISR who chaired the session.
Dr. V Srinivasan, Dr. Biju C N and Dr. E Jayasree of IISR and Dr. Mini Raj N,professor of Plantation and Spice Crops department of Kerala Agriculture University interacted with the farmers. Dr. Lijo Thomas of IISR also spoke to the farmers.