Dagana: About 109 participants including farmers and the Agriculture Extension Officers (AEOs) from geogs of Largyab, Tsangkha, Tsendagang, Gozhi and Dorona attended a campaign on Citrus Fruit Drop Collection and Destruction at Drujeygang geog on 17-18 November. It was organised by the National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) and the Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector of Dagana.
The campaign educated and sensitised the importance of community approach of collection and destruction of dropped citrus fruits and created awareness on its different methods. It also collected preliminary data to determine the causes of citrus fruit drop. It will help AEOs to get an idea of replicating it in their respective geogs.
On the first day, a presentation on “Pests and Diseases of Citrus and its Management” were shared which offered an opportunity to have closer interaction between farmers and the experts from NPPC.
On the second day, participates were taken to the orchards to get the view of citrus fruit drop. They were divided into two groups and undertook field work led by the technical staff. Thereafter, collection and destruction of dropped fruits were initiated in the selected orchards. Approximately 2-3 MT of citrus fruits were collected from an acre of orchard. It indicated that there is a high degree of fruit drop this season.
In addition, a trial on “Fermentation Method of Citrus Fruit Drop Destruction in Drums” was set up in the field. Dropped citrus fruits were collected in the drum with chopped Artemesia and other green materials and covered with tight plastic to ensure fast anaerobic respiration. The liquid content collected after complete decomposition will be collected, tested for its pH and explore its use as liquid manure. The trial is under evaluation in two orchards as a part of the campaign.
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