Staff Correspondent

Capacity-building programmes to be organised

University produces 80,587 quintals of seeds

Food processing and value addition centre set up

DHARWAD: University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, has released 13 varieties of crops during 2006-07.

Vice-Chancellor of UAS J.H. Kulkarni told presspersons here on Saturday that the new varieties had registered good yield.

He said two varieties each of cereals, pulses and vegetables, three varieties of oilseeds, four varieties of commercial crops and one each of spices and condiments and flower crops had been released.

He said the university had recognised new molecules of nine chemicals to protect crops from pests and diseases. With the objective of achieving self-sufficiency, the university would extensively organise capacity-building programmes under the “Seed Village Concept”, Dr. Kulkarni said.

He said the university had produced 80,587 quintals of seeds of cereals, pulses, oilseeds and vegetable crops. A modern seed-processing unit and storage godown at a cost of Rs. 3 crore had been set up on the university premises.

The first of its kind “community radio station” set up exclusively for farmers had received good response. A new extension education unit started functioning from the current academic year, he said. Dr. Kulkarni said through an intervention programme by the university, the pod borer menace was being monitored by a task force constituted in Gulbarga.

He said the university had established a food processing and value addition centre at the College of Rural Home Science in Dharwad with an outlay of Rs. 45 lakh by purchasing 148 processing equipment for grain, vegetables and fruits. Rural youth and women would be trained at the centre.

The processing incubation centre could be used for enterprise development, Dr. Kulkarni said.

To a query, the Vice-Chancellor said that a hostel for farmers with a capacity to accommodate 1,500 people was ready. He appealed to farmers to make use of the hostel facility.