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`Reshme Krishi Mela' from today

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, NOV. 15. The Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSRTI) here will organise `Reshme Krishi Mela 2004' on Tuesday to showcase the latest technological developments evolved by it.

The mela will also help popularise and transfer cutting-edge technology developed by the CSRTI such as improved mulberry cultivation methods, silkworm rearing practices, and disease and pest management methods.

Live demonstration

The CSRTI Director, S.B. Dandin, told presspersons here today that more than 2,000 people, including 250 women, involved in sericulture were expected to attend the mela which would feature live demonstration of new technology that would help sericulturists familiarise themselves with cost-effective technology.

Dr. Dandin said the entire exercise was aimed at enlightening the farmers about the new technologies developed by CSRTI to make sericulture more lucrative, and this included use of vermicomposts apart from machinery and tools in sericulture.

Partnership

Dr. Dandin said it had been CSRTI's effort to forge an alliance and partnership between farmers and the institute and promote technology from lab to land.

"The krishi mela is a step in this direction and the earlier editions have helped bridge the information and technological gap that existed between the lab and the land," he said.

Inauguration

The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, would inaugurate the mela and the Union Minister of State for Planning and, M.V. Rajashekaran, would inaugurate the exhibition.

Felicitation

Underlining the success of `krishi melas' conducted by the CSRTI, Mr. Dandin said that sericulturists were demanding more such melas. Initiatives of sericulturists would also be recognised at the mela, and the Minister for Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia, would felicitate them, he said.

C.H. Vijayshankar, MP for Mysore, would preside over the event and Dwarikanath, chairman, Karnataka Agriculture Commission and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, would deliver the keynote address.

M. Mahadevappa, chairman, Research Advisory Committee, CSRTI, Mysore, and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, would release publications on sericulture.

Dr. Dandin said the technical sessions would feature an interaction between scientists and farmers from various parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

More than 50 manufacturers and distributors of various inputs would demonstrate the products.

Dr. Dandin disclosed that the CSRTI would unveil a new health drink developed by it on Tuesday.

`Spoorthi'

The drink had been named `Spoorthi' and it was made from mulberry leaves.

The health drink had medicinal properties, Dr. Dandin claimed, and added that clinical studies conducted by doctors underlined its health benefits.

"It has been recommended as a health drink by doctors after studying its impact on 150 persons and it will help one keep fit. Given its medicinal properties, it will also help farmers to enhance their income," he said.

The health benefits of Spoorthi were stated to be many and the CSRTI pointed out that it helped prevent diabetes, hypertension, and reduce gastric problems apart from being a good diuretic.

The drink would be patented by the CSRTI and the National Research and Development Corporation would market it, Dr. Dandin added.

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