Abohar, June 24
As the departments of agriculture and horticulture have been unable to hold seminars due to Covid restrictions, farmers are connecting through social media for advice on new vegetable and fruit growing techniques.
Tejinder Singh, deputy director of the horticulture department, said 13 WhatsApp groups launched to benefit farmers have received a good response. A government investigation indicated that orchards covering 33,948 hectares have been established in Fazilka district. “Due to the pandemic, training camps are not taking place, but the department is trying to keep farmers informed through social media. Farmers are advised to have the soil and leaves analyzed in the state-of-the-art laboratory set up at the Citrus Estate in Abohar. “
Recently, farmers joined the two-hour online camps run by the Punjab Agricultural University. Today, experts visited Abohar orchards to address issues raised by farmers.
A study conducted by scientists at PAU indicated that kinnow fruit drop begins soon after flowering and results in berry drop. This is due to natural overproduction and is of little concern to the grower. Falling fruit leads to a reduction in the excessive load on the trees. The second wave of fruit drop begins about one to two months after flowering, with young fruit developing on the x-axis of the trees with excessive fruit set in May, accounting for about 10 percent of total fallen fruit, the study says.
Jagdev Singh Brar, who now prefers to grow vegetables and fruits on farms in his village of Daulatpura, said fruits from kinnow could be 20-25% lower than last year, which saw a harvest exceptional but prices have plunged due to the glut.