Stakeholders’ meetings on coconut and cocoa in Andhra Pradesh

Stakeholders’ interface programmes on coconut and cocoa farming were organized by Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CPCRI) in Andhra Pradesh to understand the farmers problems and to address them.  The first stakeholder meeting was conducted at Mukkamala near Horticultural Research Station, Ambajipet on 03.03.2015. About 250 stakeholders including farmers, entrepreneurs, extension personnel from State Department of Horticulture, Scientists from CPCRI and HRS Ambajipet attended the interface meeting. Dr P Chowdappa, Director CPCRI inaugurated the meeting and Dr. B.M.C. Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Dr YSR Horticultural University presided over the inaugural function. Farmers shared their experiences and field problems in coconut and cocoa cultivation in the meeting. On 04.03.15 the stakeholder interface meeting was conducted at ICAR-IIOPR, Pedavegi. Dr S Aruraj, Director IIOPR inaugurated the meeting. Dr. P. Chowdappa guided the discussions. Dr Venkatesh Hubballi, Director Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa Development (DCCD), Kochi also spoke. About 200 farmers and other stakeholders attended the meeting. During the interaction with farmers and to resolve their problems, it was informed by Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director CPCRI that 50 demonstration plots will be set up on various aspects of cocoa cultivation including improved varieties, canopy architecture, nutrient management and processing with financial support of Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa Development, Kochi and in collaboration with State Department of Horticulture, Dr YSR Horticultural University and Mondelez India Foods Limited. As part of the interface programme the team of scientists from CPCRI lead by Dr Chowdappa visited farmers’ gardens and diagnosed field problems including pest and disease incidence and nutritional disorders for which remedial measures were suggested.