Port Blair, Sept 27: ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair is implementing the Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG) Program under which 13 teams comprising Scientists, Subject Matter Specialists and Technical Officers visit the farmers of 57 identified villages across Andaman & Nicobar Islands and offer necessary technological support and disseminate through training, awareness, campaigns, diagnostic services and agro-advisories on agriculture and allied fields. Also, the farmers and stakeholders of the villages are sensitized on on-going schemes of the Government.
As a part of the program, team comprising of Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Principal Scientist (Agricultural Extension), Dr. K. Saravanan, Scientist (Fish Health), Dr. R. Jaya Kumaravaradan, Scientist (Agricultural Economics) and Dr. V. Damodaran, ACTO under the leadership of Dr. B.A. Jerard, Head of Horticulture & Forestry Division visited the farmers’ field in Lal Pahad and Creekabad villages of South Andaman on 26.09.2018.
They diagnosed Loranthus, a partial stem parasite in Sapota, beside bunchy top disease in banana, bacterial wilt disease in brinjal and bud rot disease in coconut; and offered necessary remedial measures to the farmers. The team also provided them the saplings of clove and seeds of high yielding variety of brinjal for demonstration at two farmers’ field. The team also monitored the progress of technological demonstrations conducted at farmers’ field on Ginger, Elephant Foot Yam and Broad Bed Furrow System of cultivation. The above programme has been conducted under the guidance of Dr. A. Kundu, Director of ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair.