Folks, below is the summary of the Polyhouse and Shade Net house management training conducted by KVK, Baramati.
The course covered the introduction to Polyhouse concept, preparation of structure, soil fumigation, soil bed preparation, irrigation, fertigation, climate and humidity control, polyhouse maintenance, pest and disease and pest management, cultivation of high value vegetables such as capsicum, colored capsicum, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and floricultural produce such as gerbera, carnations, roses, orchids and carnations.
The speakers on the topics were KVK’s own experts on soil management, pest and disease control, and polyhouse experts. Besides, there were outside guest speakers from companies providing consultancy and undertaking contracts in erection of Polyhouses, and from companies providing consultancy and saplings of vegetables and flowers.
The course included 1 day visit on farms and Polyhouse of progressive farmers, who use innovative ideas technology and for getting a better return from their land.
A point to note is that the farmers can avail of subsidies from either the state or the central government which is about 40-50% of the total cost of the project. (more on the cost and economics of polyhouse and shade net construction cost later. I will also post other bits of information derived over the 4 days course when I have free time)
Reading the program content, members will get a fair idea, and help them to decide if they would like to attend the course next time. In my view the cost of the course of Rs. 4,000/- (including food and accommodation) is well worth the money. Even farmers not sure of the project can get good ideas on getting more productivity and better farm management from the experts.
One of our Farmnet member had also got soil samples from his farm, which he got tested for a cost of about Rs. 375/- (take soil samples from different areas of the farm, mix and take a representative sample) This report states the type of fruits and vegetables suitable for planting on the land, EC of the soil etc.
Below is the summary of the course content :
Introduction to Polyhouse industry in India and scope for the future.
CD Show on Polyhouse and Shade Net management.
Concept and importance of Polyhouse and Shade Net house.
Climate control in Polyhouse.
Erection of Polyhouse, Soil fumigation, bed preparation.
Planting, irrigation and fertigation to Polyhouse crops.
Cultivation of color capsicum, cherry tomatoes, cucumber in Polyhouse.
Hi-Tech cultivation of rose, gerbera, carnations, orchids in Polyhouse and their problems.
Preparation of Polyhouse Proposals for bank loan.
Polyhouse construction details and their economics.
Polyhouse construction, management practices for growing flowers and vegetables.
Visit to Hi-tech unit of cultivation of flowers and vegetables.
Detail project report preparation and discussion of Polyhouse farming trends.
Pest and disease management in Polyhouses.
Problems of Polyhouse and Shade net house management.
The course included visit from 4 external speakers providing consultancy and saplings for cultivation of capsicum, colored capsicum, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carnations, gerbera, orchids and from companies providing consultancy and erection of polyhouse shed, irrigation systems and fertigation systems etc.
The course was conducted in English and Hindi.