Bihar has emerged as top litchi producing state in India with 300 thousand metric tonnes of litchi being produced.
Speaking at the inaugural function of Litchi Processing Plant, in Muzaffarpur, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the BARC and National Research Centre on Litchi succeeded in treating litchi and preserving it for 60 days at low temperature.
He said that the main objective of the Central Government is focussed on the research to develop new varieties and techniques of litchi farming to increase its production and to share information with the Extension Division. About 300 thousand metric tonnes of litchi is being produced from 32 thousand hectare areas. Bihar’s contribution in the production of litchi is about 40 percent.
Singh added that the contribution of Muzaffarpur district in litchi’s production is very impressive, however there is a need to increase the productivity of litchi, which is currently 8.0 tonne.
Through ‘Mera Gaon- Mera Gaurav’ programme, scientists have been successful in taking new techniques to some villages. The Centre has initiated Health Card scheme through which orchards are being examined and farmers are being sensitised. Not just Bihar, litchi fruit farming can be successfully done in other parts of the country too. Therefore, there is a need to promote research in these areas too.