Farmers educated on post-harvest management
On the second day of the Horticulture Show organsied by the AP Micro Irrigation Project (MIP), farmers were told about ‘Post Harvest Management’ in a seminar.
On the second day of the Horticulture Show organsied by the AP Micro Irrigation Project (MIP), farmers were told about ‘Post Harvest Management’ in a seminar. The session highlighted the methods of enhancing quality and improving the produce besides techniques that incur profits from exporting.
Principal Scientist at Venkatramannagudem and head of the department of Harvest Management, B Praveen Kumar addressed the gathering of farmers and researchers during the half day session. Quality and appearance is the key for incurring great returns upon export and the farmers of Krishna district and Guntur have a lot of opportunities in this sector.
Mangoes are produced majorly from the district and Guntur produces Chilies which are in demand from many Western and East Asian countries, he said. From exporting Mangoes, the district incurred a business of Rs 220 crore in the last year. Joining hands with the industries which are in food processing sector will benefit the farmers and increase their prospects.
Storing the produce, ripening the fruits and packaging them are crucial elements in exporting which makes all the difference, he said. DD of Horticulture B Hanumantha Rao said that the government is keen to convene Farmers Producers Organisation (FPO) which will benefit them in numerous ways.
“Farmers can be formed into a registered group upto 500 members who can deal with the pricing of their produce and acquire necessary benefits from the government. This programme will ensure all the farmers are developed. They can exercise their groups in terms of price fixation, selling and etc.”
The second part of the seminar focused on farmer training in Poly House, Shade net, protecting flowers and high value vegetables. The speakers said that high value vegetables like Cucumber, Tomatoes, Capscicum (Bangalore Mirchi) can be exported from the region and flowers like Carnations, Gerbera and Roses are also in demand.
He also said that Cadbury Company has come in agreement to deal with the farmers of East Godavari who are running Cocoa as secondary crop. Representatives from nearly 18 Food processing companies spoke on the occasion. Farmers in Mango crop from Krishna, Prakasam, Vijayanagaram, Chittoor and Guntur farmers who trade with Chilies took part in the programme.