Bagalkote: The District is well known for its sultry weather but not many know that the District is home for varieties of fruits. The District can be called land of fruits as various fruits are grown all over the region. One such place that grows fruits, especially grapes is Horticulture University.
As many as 23 varieties of grapes are grown in the Varsity premises, among which eleven varieties are grown only for table purpose, for making raisins. Another 12 varieties are grown for production of wine.
The Varsity began cultivation in 2011 in 1.2 acre land and further in 2014, it was extended to 5 more acre of land. So today the grapes are grown across 6.2 acre of land.
The grape varieties that are grown in the land are Thompson seedless, Manik Chaman, Sonaka, Sharad Seedless, Krishna Sharad, 2A Clone, KR White, Red Globe, Crimson Seedless, Fantasy Seedless, Manjari Naveen, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Cabronet Sauvignon, Medica, Chandler, Bianca, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc among others. Moreover, every year, four to five students undertake a study on grapes. The cultivation is an organic-chemical blend. Further, the varsity also holds demonstrations, and workshops for farmers.
Speaking to News Karnataka Anand Nanjappanavar said that, ”We are growing around 23 varieties of grapes and also taking up studies with regard to developing grape varieties. Study on fungal infection, wilt and treatment for various diseases that are detrimental for grapes are being undertaken too. We are following canopy method for cultivation,” he added.
The grapes are very sensitive as fruits, and untimely rain can wreak havoc as far as it’s cultivation is concerned. But here in the Varsity, two types of precautionary measures are being taken to avoid loss during untimely rain. Firstly, they cover vineyard with polythene and shade them according to rainfall. The Varsity also grows mango, pomegranate, banana, guava, lemon, and fig varieties among others. The university earns Rs 12 to 15 Lakh revenue every year through fruit cultivation only.
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