Andhra Pradesh Horticulture University Vice-Chancellor S.D. Sikhamani called upon scientists to integrate their scientific results with the experiences of farmers and offer better solutions in making the mango produce best suitable for international markets.

Addressing a ‘Brain Storming Session on Mango' held at Sangareddy on Thursday, Dr. Sikhamani said, “There is no correlation between research being conducted in the universities and the problems being faced by the farmers. We are failing to address their problems and as a result farmers are thinking of cutting down their mango trees.”

Integration

Stressing on the integration between scientific research and farmers' experiences at field level, Dr. Sikhamani said that scientific research could only address their problems in the next three years.

This collaboration, he stressed, was important for increasing mango exports. He also expressed serious concern over extending of seasons every year which had been adversely affecting the agricultural produce.

Collector S. Suresh Kumar said the general feeling among farmers was that they were being ignored by scientists. Only a few progressive farmers were able to adopt new technologies. “Why can't mango farmers in Andhra Pradesh compete internationally when rubber farmers in Kerala are able to?” he asked adding that there was a need to promote different varieties of mangoes in the international market.

The session had discussions on various issues pertaining to mango production and the problems being faced by farmers.