Farmers can attend a seminar on use of chemical sprayers in arecanut plantations and selection of manures here on April 25.

Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO) and Arecanut Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) will organise the seminar at Sharada Vidyalaya, Kodialbail from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a press release issued here by CAMPCO.

M. Tamil Selvan, Director, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Kozhikode, will inaugurate it. Progressive farmers, scientists from Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod, and Vitla, manufacturers of manures and chemical sprayers used to control “kole roga” (fruit rot disease) in arecanut plantations will participate in the seminar.

The release said that farmers were traditionally spraying a mixture of copper sulphate and lime to control “kole roga”.

Now alternatives to this mixture were available in market.

Hence, farmers were in confusion on their use as companies were coming out with advertisements, the release said.

Experts would guide farmers on selecting manures and sprayers, the release said.

It said that the seminar would also throw light on soil testing, soil conservation methods and crop protection.

There would be interactive sessions.

President of CAMPCO Konkodi Padmanabha said that select 500 farmers would participate in the seminar. For further details, call 0824 2441584 or 2888242.