Inoculation Program Sringeri, July 2014.

Inoculation Program Sringeri, July 2014.

The multi-faceted artificial inoculation program for agar perfume production was held on 09 July 2014 at Vanadurgi Estate, Sringeri. The event was held in the presence of agar growers from different districts of Karnataka under the guidance of agronomists of APC. Farmers who often saw cow, buffalo injections were curious about trees being injected for the first time. Prior to the start of the program, groups of fifty people were facilitated to view the inoculation demonstration. More than 800 agar growers have been attended function and resolved their various confusions regarding agarwood agriculture and inoculation.

Various topics are discussed in the meet. Branches should not be chopped two years before the inoculation process. October-May is ideal for inoculation. Similarly, inoculation work is best when the sun is low, at ten to twelve o’clock in the morning, except when there is no rain. Agar trees need water after inoculation. It is better if the shade is in the garden. In such a place, the agar tree slowly lives for two to three years and then dies, yielding a large portion of quality agar. Harvesting in the winter season will be giving a good result in a higher proportion of agar oil in the affected areas. Growth of agar trees is better than of Thailand. At least 3 to 4 kg of agar can be obtained from a tree. More income can be expected from such agar trees, said “Sirichai Chaobangrak” of “Asia Plantation Capital”.

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Most of the growers who attended the event was thinking how much income they could get from agarwood trees. Regarding that much discussions also raised. In this time of the open market, that question was not convinced. Similarly, to grow an agar tree that grows in the subfamily costs Rs 200 to Rs 400 in seven years the expenses is staggering. The Vanadurgi Company develops inoculation kits and injectable medicine and various technologies. An agar tree can be cut into three feet and graded into the processing plants set up by the organization in different districts to meet international standards. The dark black agar part is of good quality and has high demand and price.

Mr. Raj Gopal, an agar grower at the forum, said that the agarwood crop was introduced to the state by the Vanadurgi Agarwood India Limited. Agar is growing religiously, for its ecological balance, for greenery and income. Now the stage for introducing the Agar crop is over. The only time farmers can choose to grow is to earn money, he said. Progressive farmer Mr. Rangaswamy said, we have reached the main stage of the agar crop. Today we all have the opportunity to know the inoculation process. B. C. Nanjappa said that agar trees are does not disturbing to other main crops. These trees have not found any pest and diseases. Goats do not touch agar greens. It is enough to make sure that the water at the base of the plants does not stop, and that the growers can work together to achieve success. It has been heard from growers that it is better to deal with a company. Agar inoculation program was conducted by Mrs. Anasuya Hegde and Dr. Ramachandra Rao led the meeting by lighting Jyoti. The meeting was chaired by Mallappa Hegde, owner of Vanadurgi Estates. Mrs Quanchai Tongchai of Asia Plantation Capital, Mrs. Quancha Thong Chai, Mr. Youngut Petamuni, Mr. Sirichai Chaobangrak, The Asian Plantation Capital of England proposed for Inoculation,the promoters of the organization Dr. B.C. Nanjappa, Koppa Dr || Mahabala, Aloor mallagalle Prakash, Tirthahalli Manjunath, Sakleshpur M Prasanna, Belur Manjunath, progressive cultivators Maddadka Gangadhar Bhat, Coffee Board’s former director, Huvinahakllu Estates Rajagopal, Sujatha Newspaper Editor Radhakrishna Hola, Kundapur farmer Ramachandra Navada, Progressive cultivators Magge Rangaswami, Sheshadri,, Shirasi, Bhaskar Hegde, Sagar G Chandra, present on stage. Vijay of the Company welcomed, Trimurti presented, Dharmendra Kumar Hegde proposed, Dr || Mahabala greeted in the programme.