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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Awareness Programme to Help Storm Hit Mango Cultivators

MALDA, 15 MAY: District administrations have taken initiative to help the mango cultivators who were badly hit by hailstorm this year. They organized an awareness camp yesterday with an eye to assisting the storm victim mango cultivators and bettering the quality of mangoes in the district.

This may be mentioned that a devastating hailstorm last month badly affected mango cultivation this year. District horticulture officer Priyaranjan Sannigrahi informed that it was expected there would be a mango production of 1.80 lakh metric tons this year. But after the storm it is anticipated that the production would come down to 1.20 lakh metric ton. Mr Sannigrahi in the awareness programme suggested that plantation of tall ‘wind breaking trees’ at the western and southern ends of the mango orchards would help to prevent the storm to a large scale. He also explained the technicalities needed for bettering the quality of mangoes.

The terminal and small mango farmers would be helped by the convergence programme under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). District magistrate Dr (Smt) Archana said that the target of the programme was to help those mango cultivators who were affected by the natural calamity. Maneuvering the mango orchard, fertilizing the trees, cutting the branches etc would be done under this project.

State panchayet and rural development department has already approved the programme as leant from yesterday’s camp. It would create huge working days also. 9.5 thousand hector mango orchard would be brought under this scheme.

Social welfare minister Sabitri Mitra emphasized application of new techniques for preservation of mangoes. “The mango cultivators have o be trained about the techniques. Proper preservation is necessary for exporting mangoes,” Mrs Mitra said. She added, “I would propose to set up a mango board in imitation of tea board here.”

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