|April 23, 2017|
Cliff Love, Agricultural Specialist from Israel was in Mysuru at the invitation of Raitha Mithra Farmers Producer Company Limited recently to advise Indian farmers about the innovative farming techniques being practised in Israel.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr K M Indresh, Dean, Horticultural University and College, Ilvala, Kurubur Shanthakumar, Chairman, Raithamithra Farmers Producer Co.Ltd., presided. Chief Guests included D Manjunath, Deputy Director, Horticulture Dept., Dr Arun Balamatti, Program Executive, JSS KVK, Suttur and T V Gopinath, Senior Director, Raithamithra Farmers Produce Co. Ltd.
Cliff Love explained that Israel did not have proper water resources but has made remarkable progress in utilising every drop of water that it gets either through recycling and reusing. He gave a pictorial account of how Israel is in the forefront of producing varieties of mangoes, butter fruit/avacado and litchi through scientific farming. While mango had a history of 5000 years in India, it was only a few decades back that mango producing was taken up in Israel. He regretted that the farmers in India were not following scientific practices for cultivation of the vast land and other natural resources available in huge quantities, unlike Israel. He stressed the need of educating the farmers to adopt such improved practices in farming by the Government authorities.
anjunath, Dy Director, Horticulture, in his address appreciated the farming techniques adopted in Israel and said that in Mysuru taluks, horticulture has made great strides and enough IEC activities are being undertaken in a systematic way at field level.