Wednesday, March 7, 2012


The Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore has organized a "Tree Growers Mela" on 23rd and 24th February, 2012 at Coimbatore. It was inaugurated by Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. More than 1000 farmers from TamilNadu, Puducherry and palakkad District of Kerala participated in the mela.

During the function she released the following publications brought out by IFGTB:
  • Proceedings of Casuarina Seminar that was held last year,
  • Book on Biofertilizers and Biomanures,
  • Cultivation guide on Gmelina arborea (Kumil) in Tamil, Frankia, Vana Ariviyal a Tamil quarterly newsletter,
  • Brochure on yield table for Casuarina.
Hon'ble Minister also released two products, a biofertilizer developed by IFGTB and a pesticide HyACT based on plant formulations.

She announced a grant of Rs. 1 crore to produce 15 lakhs of quality planting stock of Casuarina for supply to the 'Thane' cyclone affected farmers of Tamilnadu and Puducherry areas. She declared IFGTB as an ENVIS Centre on the subject of Forest Genetic Resources and Tree Improvement.

IFGTB has assigned
'one scientist for each district' of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andaman Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep to address the environmental and forestry issues related to those districts. Individual farmers or Farmer's Associations can call the respective scientist to clear their forestry related issues.

This 'Tree Grower's Mela' has assumed great importance over the years since it is bringing together a large number of farmers, wood-based industries and forestry research organizations on one platform which will help in understanding the issues related to tree farming and exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences.

The lectures and presentations from the scientists were very informative and useful to farmers. Even though an exclusive session was allotted to the farmers to share their tree growing experience with the scientists, it is sad to note that the contribution from the farmer's side was very poor.

I have assured the Director that with little persuasion, effort and advance planning the quality of presentations from the farmers side will be increased considerably in the next mela.

A.Vishnu Sankar.

2 Comentários:

Dr. N. Krishna Kumar, Director, IFGTB, Coimbatore said...

email:Saturday, 10 March, 2012 6:06 AM
Sub:IFGTB 'Tree Growers Mela -2012

Dear Mr Vishnu Shankar
Thank you for the efforts.A good encouragement to the scientific efforts of IFGTB.I am confident that our efforts and service to support the tree farming will grow.
Thank you once again.
Dr. N. Krishna Kumar
Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding
Coimbatore- 641 002

Vishnu Sankar A said...

Respected Sir,

Thank you for your feedback Sir. I am compiling information gathered from the presentations of other scientists from IFGTB and FC&RI and they will be published in my future blog posts.

Thank you for your support and encouragement.
A.Vishnu Sankar.

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