KOCHI: The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Central Marine Fish-eries Research Institute (CMFRI) is set to popularise the method of cultivating fruit trees on terrace and backyard.
It will encourage people to set up mini fruit-orchards at every house and to attain self-reliance in production of toxic-free fruits. The KVK is organising sales of quality saplings of fruit-pl-ants along with a help desk to guide farming practice at the CMFRI on Friday.
Early-bearing quality saplings of fruit trees, including mango, jack, guava, gooseberry, papaya, passion fruit, cherry, egg fruit and different varieties lemon, star apple and tissue-cultured banana will be available at the expo. The method of setting up mini fruit orchards will be demonstrated. The help desk will provide information on various modes of farming and pruning practices.
“The programme intends to create awareness on the cultivation of quality and toxic-free fruits in minimal spaces. It will help to attain self-reliance in fruit production as in the case of vegetables and avoid using chemically contaminated fruits," said Shinoj Subramanian, senior scientist of KVK.
“Fruits available in markets are being outsourced not only from the neighbouring states but from overseas. Reports show that these fruits contain harmful chemicals to keep them looking fresh for a long period.”...