Mangaluru: Agriculture research centre at Ullal becomes role model in state

Agriculture and horticulture departments of the government address the issues faced by farmers. In addition, they also cooperate with the farmers for agriculture. The agriculture and horticulture research center at Kapikad, on the outskirts of the city, is a favorite among the farmers. The reason for that is the center gives suggestions and training on how to cultivate scientifically and get more yield and income.
This research center, which falls under agriculture and horticulture university, was established in 1953. At present Dr Raviraj Shetty is the chief of this unit. This research center is spread over an area of 32 acres. There are cashew crops that are cultivated on 15 acres of land. The rest of the land has an office, nursery, vegetables and more than 200 coconut trees.

More stress is given to the research of cashew crops in this center. In addition to the development of cashew sapling and the increase of the value of cashew fruit, high-quality cashew saplings are given to the growers. In addition, training is given on how to grow horticultural crops. Hybrid plants, model terrace gardens, growing various vegetables scientifically are demonstrated at this research center. This center also has a hybrid sapling of good quality which include cashew, mango, jackfruit, areca nut etc.

In addition, the center has a nursery of bush pepper plants. In pepper, there are two varieties. One is a creeper type that grows on areca nut and coconuts trees. The other grows in bushes. In this center, there are rooted pepper plants along with bush pepper grafts. This bush pepper can be grown in pots also. People who have limited space can grow this for their daily use.

A model vegetable farm is developed here. Spinach, bitter gourd, ash gourd, ridge gourd, and more are grown here. Many urban residents are showing more interest in growing terrace gardens. But they lack information. So a model terrace garden is displayed in this center. Vegetables for daily need can be grown in this type of terrace garden.

In this center, the method of growing vegetables from waste is also displayed. For this, the outer box of the scrapped refrigerator can be used. In addition, information on how to take care of the plants to prevent them from pests and what type of organic manure can be used is given to people. On the whole, this research center has turned out to be a blessing for agriculturists as well as city dwellers who want to make terrace gardens.

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