Horticulturists tag states home grown veggies, fruits

BENGALURU: K Ramakrishnappa is busy through the week, monitoring his heirloom crops at his Mysuru farm and training farmers in organic farming. Meanwhile, his former colleague SV Hittalamani travels to rural pockets in Kolar, Ramanagara and Yelahanka to offer free consultation to farmers before returning to Bengaluru.
“After retirement I work with farmers and help my former colleagues identify new varieties of crops,” says Hittalamani, former additional director, horticulture department. Their post-retirement lives are fulfilling except for one thing. Their pet project, helping indigenous fruits and vegetables get GI tags while in service, seems stuck in a limbo.