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Israel to set up centres of excellence in Bihar: for cultivation of fruits and vegetables

Bihari mangos: boost to horticulture New Delhi/Patna: according to reports, Israel is planning to open two centres of excellence at Nalanda and Vaishali in Bihar in the field of vegetable and mango cultivation respectively to help cultivators increase productivity. In these centres, Israeli agricultural experts along with local farm scientists would impart knowhow of the latest technology to growers to help them raise their production levels, Ohad Horsandi, Israeli Embassy spokesman, told the press recently. “Bihar has fertile land and grows fruits like mango, litchi, banana and various... 

With Strawberries from Bhagalpur…

With Strawberries from Bhagalpur…   A Strawberry plant Bhagalpur: according to reports, quite incredibly, strawberry cultivation is making news in Bihar! ‘Strawberries, like grapes or potatoes, were originally temperate zone crops. But we now have varieties that can grow in the plains,” said Harishchandra Singh, the deputy director-general of horticulture of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. “We have grapes in Maharashtra and potato in Tamil Nadu —- so why not strawberry in Haryana or Bihar?” said Singh, who had during the early-1980s demonstrated the production... 

Organically ripened mangoes from Bihar charm Bangalore: avoiding carbide brings big profit!

Organically ripened mangoes from Bihar charm Bangalore: avoiding carbide brings big profit! Mangoes: ripened naturally! Bangalore: according to a recent report from the Bangalore press, mangoes from Bihar have made their first systematic debut in Bangalore winning the consumer’s instant approval. The news report contains within it the story of a business model to be considered for several other food items. Reports mention that the sophisticated Bangalore customer will go a long way to avoid the toxic effects of carbides [a carcinogen], the commonly used ripening agent for a variety of fruits... 

This year litchi production in Bihar was 50% higher than the last: need for more processing units!

This year litchi production in Bihar was 50% higher than the last: need for more processing units! Shai Litchis from Muzaffarpur Patna: according to a recent report, litchi production in Bihar was higher than usual by 50-60 per cent. Notably, Bihar grows 60 percent of the country’s litchi. Despite the increase in production, litchi prices remained at last year’s level getting the farmers an average rate of about Rs 15 per kg for the fruit. “Though the production was good, processors did not benefit much as they had to pay about Rs 17/kg,” said Keshav Nandan, secretary, Bihar... 

Sudhanshu from Samastipur to receive ‘Best Mango Grower Award’ at Global Conference on Mango, Lucknow

Sudhanshu from Samastipur to receive ‘Best Mango Grower Award’ at Global Conference on Mango, Lucknow Sudhanshu Kumar: the mango wizard! Patna: according to latest reports, Sudhanshu Kumar, from Samastipur district, has been chosen to receive the “Best Mango Grower Award” from the Society for Development of Horticulture, the Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow. Sudhanshu will receive the award during the inaugural function of the institute’s global conference on mango at Lucknow on June 21. Sudhanshu owns an eight acre orchard in Nayanagar village in Samastipur from... 

Litchipuram, Mehsi, East Champaran celebrates Litchi Utsav: inaugurated by Sushil Modi

Litchipuram, Mehsi, East Champaran celebrates Litchi Utsav: inaugurated by Sushil Modi A fruit-laden Litchi tree! Litchipuram, Mehsi, East Champaran: in Mehasi, East Champaran, there is now a place called Litchipuram named after the fruit. This was highlighted recently when Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurated a 3-day Litchi Utsav at a local school in Mehasi. According to the government’s own data, East Champaran has been the highest producer of litchi in recent years. Along with Mehasi, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Samastipur districts, Bihar produces 40 per cent of the country’s... 
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