Islamabad (January 06).......... One day farmers training workshop was organized on “Introduction of Kiwifruit - Its High Quality Production & Efficient Cultivation Technology”under RADP sub project “Promotion of Kiwifruit in Mansehra Area (PKIMA)”at National Tea & High Value Crops Research Institute (NTHRI) Shinkiari, Mansehra on December 29th 2016. About 50 participants i.e., progressive famers, students and media personals from different Union Councils of district Mansehra participated in the workshop/training. In addition, 25 participants including Scientists , Internees, Scientific Assistants from other sister organizations also participated in the event.
Director (NTHRI), delivered welcome address and highlighted NTHRI activities specially focused on promotion of Kiwifruit in Mansehra area. He also shared the interests of PARC for promotion of such a valuable fruit plant in the area and paid thanks to PARC Management for funding under RADP to promote high value cash crops in the area. He assured the participants for provision of seedlings/plants and other inputs to plant this new & high value crop in the area, which will play a vital role for income generation of the growers.
Principal Investigator of the project outlined the day long practical training sessions. He also presented through posters on “Introduction of Kiwifruit - Its High Quality Production & Efficient Cultivation Technology”and highlighted the aims of the Training workshop and valid practices in the field.
In second session the participants walked down to the kiwifruit orchards and nurseries and performed practicals on kiwifruit orchard and nursery planning & management. PI (Kiwifruit project) imparted the practical training on preparation of land, layout plan of kiwifruit orchard, preparation of pits for kiwi plantation, the ratio between male and female kiwi plants in an orchard, identification of position of male plant, preparation of the supporting system for kiwi vine (T-bar trellises) and trimming of kiwi plants. In the nursery he demonstrated propagation of kiwifruit through kiwi cuttings and seed, management of kiwi nursery and propagation of kiwi plants through aerial layering.
In 3rd and last session group discussion/question answers were done among scientists and farmers. The participants also expressed their views. They appreciated the efforts of NTHRI for holding such a special skill development programme for them. The training session ended by distributing certificates and with the vote of thanks by Director NTHRI.
(Dr. Noorullah Khan)
SSO/PI Kiwifruit project (RADP) PARC
Edited by: (Muhammad Fiaz Joyia)
Director (SI), NARC