Guava farming takes the organic path

TNN Nov 28, 2012, 06.04AM IST
ALLAHABAD: The pilot project of the district horticulture department to cultivate Allahabadi ‘Surkha’, also known as ‘apple-colour’, and Allahabadi Safeda varieties of guava through organic farming has yielded desired results in several blocks of the district.

In fact, guava cultivation is taken up on around 1,000 hectare of land in the district.
Remarkably, guava cultivators are delighted to cultivate successfully a good quantity of guavas especially Allahabadi Surkha and Allahabadi Safeda in Dhanupur, Saidabad, Bahria, Jasra, Kaurihar-II, Bahadurpur and Shankargarh after investing a reasonable amount in fertilisers.

The ‘organic farming promotion programme’ for cultivation of guava was launched by officials at the beginning of this year in seven blocks of the district.
More importantly, the department had imparted training to over 800 farmers under its programme with an aim to promote organic farming.

“The blocks where organic farming for Allahabadi Safeda was undertaken included Kaurihar-II, Jasra, Saidabad, Dhanupur and Bahria,” said P K Shukla, district horticulture officer, adding that farmers residing in other blocks had adapted to organic farming enthusiastically,” he added.
Officials assured farmers all sorts of assistance and tips on growing guava organically.

Currently, farmers in Dhanupur, Kaurihar-II, Saidabad, Bahria and Jasra have more preferred to cultivate guava. The farmers have assured that they would be bringing other crops like tomato, cabbage, peas, ladyfinger, carrot, litchi under organic farming in future, informed Shukla.
“We have selected these blocks for organic farming of guava after carrying out a complete study and found parameters like soil, nature, productivity chances are suitable for organic farming of guava,” Shukla told TOI.

He added that under the programme, the department was apprising farmers about methods useful for organic farming and also apprised about producing natural fertilizers and insecticides and pesticides.