Integrated Crop Management In Subtropical Fruits
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PREFACE India stands 2nd in fruit production in the world but need not to complacent on this status as per capita availability of fruit is very low. There is urgent need to adopt integrated approach for fruit crop management to maximize production of high quality fruits per unit area. In recent past, lot of new knowledge has been generated by the researchers in nursery production of subtropical fruits like mango, guava, citrus, litchi, etc. It was in this context that the Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi has very kindly and readily acceded to our request of sponsoring a 21 days winter school on the Integrated Crop Management in Subtropical fruits in the Department of Horticul ture, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar Uttaranchal from January 7-27,2004. The response of the State Agricultural Universities, general Universities and I.C.A.R. institutes to the topic was quite encouraging and as many as 70 applications across the country were received. However, because of obvious limitations and factors beyond control, 25 delegates from 13 states viz., Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, J. K., Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh could participate in this winter school. Manuscripts of the lectures delivered by the faculty members to the participants during the course have been compiled precisely in this brochure. I wish to put on record my sincere appreciation for the kind cooperation and meticulous work done by my colleagues of the faculty in preparing and delivering the talks. In this connection, I am especially thankful to Dr. Ranjan Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Horticulture and Convener of this Winter School for compiling this manuscript. I am equally thankful to my colleagues in this department namely Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. R.L. Arora, Dr. Ganesh Kumar, Dr. C.P. Singh, Dr. Santosh Kumar, Dr. R.L. Lai, Dr. Shant Lai, Sri G.S. Mer and Sri V.S. Panwar for their cooperation and help in various activities connected with this
school. It is hoped that this manuscript would enlighten and benefit all those professionals in the field of Horticulture who happen to go through it. The dynamic leadership of our esteemed Vice- Chancellor, Dr. P.L. Gautam, who has been the guiding force behind all the activities, the organization of this winter school so smoothly would have been possible. I am extremely grateful to him for his personal interest and graciously sparing valuable time for us. I owe my humble gratitude to Dr. R.D. Misra, Dean, College of Agriculture for providing all the necessary facilities for the smooth running of this Winter School. Thanks are also due to Dr. Basant Ram, Director Experiment Stations for kind help and cooperation. In the last but not the least, I once again wish to record my sincere thanks to the Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for providing necessary financial support for organizing this Winter School at this university.