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ICAR-CISH, Lucknow was organized by An awareness programme entitled ‘Nutri-gardens for food, nutrition and income security’ at Sarsanda village of Lucknow district on 28th June, 2023. The program, organized under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, was attended by about 80 farmers, farm women and rural youth from Sarsanda and adjoining villages. Dr. T. Damodaran, Director, ICAR-CISH, Lucknow in his address encouraged the farmers to adopt an integrated value- chain based approach to reap the premium benefits from the cultivation of mango and other horticultural crops. He assured the farmers of adequate technical backstopping from ICAR-CISH for adopting improved practices such as proper canopy management, intercropping with turmeric and elephant foot yam, bagging of fruits, and recommended irrigation and fertilizer management for boosting the incomes from mango cultivation. He exhorted the farmers to develop kitchen gardens around their dwellings to ensure year-round availability of fruits and vegetables. Earlier, Dr. Abha Singh, Principal Scientist informed the farmers and farm women about simple approaches and precautions for increasing the nutrient bioavailability from the food. She underlined the importance of traditional fruits, vegetables and millets in alleviating the hunger and malnutrition risks. Dr. Anshuman Singh, Senior Scientist informed about improved varieties of subtropical fruits such as mango, guava and jamun. Dr V. Dayal, Scientist, presented an overview of initiatives being taken up under SC-SP program for empowering the farmers. Dr Karma Beer Scientist, informed the farmers about methods and approaches for preparing the value added products from ripe and unripe mango fruits. Dr. S. S. Das, Scientist discussed about different nutri-rich fruits and vegetables for eradicating the malnutrition. The program was coordinated by Dr. Anshuman Singh, Dr. Karma Beer and Dr Vishambhar Dayal.

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