ICAR-CIWA empowered tribal group of 50 farmers and farm women of Baskitala Dashehari Producer Group in a backward district Mayurbhanj of Odisha on "Post-harvest management of mango"

A tribal group of 50 farmers and farm women of Baskitala Dashehari Producer Group in a backward district Mayurbhanj of Odisha were empowered on "Post-harvest management of mango" through training cum demonstration organized under the project "Optimizing technological interventions with Gender perspective in small scale mango orchards" at Baskitala village of Mayurbhanj district on 26 June, 2018. The Training programme offered a platform to know about the post-harvest management practices of mango for extending the shelf life of the fruits and for fetching better price in the market. The farmer group was demonstrated with harvesting of fruits with a women friendly mango harvester, which enabled them to harvest 800-1000 fruits within 1 hr by reducing their drudgery and increasing the work efficiency. After harvesting of fruits, the women farmers were imparted hands on skill in pre-cooling and de-sapping techniques. They were also made aware of sorting and grading for getting better remuneration through sale of quality mangoes. Techniques of calcium carbonate treatment, hot water treatment and modern ripening technology through use of ethylene were also imparted. The women farmers were very enthusiastic to learn and practice the advanced technologies of post-harvest management to produce quality mangoes for better marketing. The programme was graced by Dr. Sanghamitra Pattnaik, Senior Scientist and Head of KVK Mayurbhanj. Dr. Sanghamitra Pattnaik during her technical talk deliberated the significance of value addition in mango and the potential role of women farmers in such activities. The queries of the farmers related to mango farming were also entertained and they were provided with technical guidance on canopy management and nutrient management. Towards the end of the programme, the farmers and farm women were distributed with brinjal seeds (cv. Arka Neelachal Kranti and Arka Neelachal Shyama), chilli seeds (cv. Arka Neelachal Agni) and Plant Growth Regulator (Ethephon). The brinjal and chilli seeds were provided as critical inputs to practice intercropping in mango orchards as an additional source of income. During distressed sale of vegetables, the group was also advised to practice vegetable seed production as an alternate source of livelihood. The training programme was successfully organized by Ms. Ankita Sahu, Scientist from ICAR-CIWA and Sri Manoranjan Prusty, Sr. Technical Assistant, ICAR-CIWA.