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Training on “Production of Arka Fermented Cocopeat and Soilless Cultivation of Vegetables”
Venue: Video Conference Hall, Admin Building, ICAR-IIHR Date: 23.02.2024
Last date for receipt of application: 22.02.2024
Time of training (Offline): 9.00 am to 5.30 pm,

Training Fees: Rs. 2000/- Offline includes theory and practical sessions

Time of training(Online): 9.00 am to 1.30 pm, Training Fees Rs. 1,000/- Online includes theory sessions only

ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, a premier research institute under Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi established in 1967 has a sprawling campus of 263 ha at Hessaraghatta, Bangalore.
• The institute working on more than over 54 horticultural crops for the last 53 years has played a pivotal role in bridging food security gaps through its dedicated and relentless research efforts towards crop productivity enhancement in a number of horticultural crops.
• In the last five decades of its existence has released and popularized over 300 varieties of horticultural crops.
Also released 112 technologies with a view of increase quality and productivity, of horticultural crops.
In an effort to take these innovative technologies forward, ICAR-IIHR initiated a technology’s incubation facility for promotion of entrepreneurship lead growth in horticulture About BESST-HORT. BESST-HORT is a Technology Business Incubator of ICAR-IIHR, has Catalyzed and supported by NSTEDB Division, DST, Gol, for facilitating incubation of new start-ups, entrepreneurs & enterprises for innovative technologies by providing necessary technical & business mentoring, physical infrastructure, networking support, facilities and services to test and validate their venture before successful establishment of their scaled up enterprises. is BESST HORT conducting a series of hands-on training programmes to help aspiring entrepreneurs to develop viable skills which can be converted in to an enterprise. As part of this, a paid-up training programme on Production of Arka Fermented Cocopeat & its use as a substrate for soilless cultivation of vegetables is scheduled to be conducted at ICAR-IIHR, Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru.

Overview of training programme
Nurserymen and vegetable growers often face various problems due to the heterogeneity of the cocopeat which is the substrate of choice for nursery seedling production and soilless cultivation of vegetable. In order to overcome this, AFC has been developed by ICAR-IIHR. This product is developed by the solid state fermentation of raw coir pith, by employing a fungal consortium. The entire process can be completed in thirty days at the nursery level/backyards. On completion of the fermentation process, the material is enriched with the Arka Microbial Consortium (AMC) comprising of N fixing, P & Zn solubilizing and K mobilizing and plant growth promoting microbes and used for the pro-tray based vegetable seedling production and for soilless cultivation of vegetables, flowers and medicinal crops, etc. This one day training programme will cover the production technology of AFC and its use as substrate for the soilless cultivation of vegetables.

Objectives of the training
1. To impart the training on production of Arka Fermented Cocopeat

2. To acquaint trainees on Soilless Cultivation of Vegetables using Arka Fermented Cocopeat as a substrate.
Course content
Participants shall be trained extensively on the theory and practical aspect of of Arka Fermented Cocopeat production and soilless cultivation of vegetables, through sessions with the innovators of the respective technologies. Information on the startup prospects using these two technologies shall also be included.

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