Bantwal, Oct.4: A team of scientists of Union Government visited to examine the areca plantations which have been affected by the fruit rot disease in various places of the Bantwal on October 4, Friday.
The team visited and gathered details of the people who suffered by 90% crop loss. They are Yashwanth Shetty, Timmappa Rai, Sesappa Moolya of Kallige village, Eliyas Sequeira of B Mooda village, Padmanabha Rai of Goltamajalu village and Monappa Poojari and Giriyappa Gowda of Veerakamba village.
The team included Dr Batla, Advisor of the National Horticultural Mission, Delhi, Tamil Selvan of the Union Ministry of Agriculture, two directors of the Areca and Spice Growers Development Corporation, Cochin and an officer of the CPCRI of Kasargod.
Dr Dundi, Joint Director of the State Horticultural Department, HR Yogish, District Deputy Director, Praveen, Assistant Director, Sanjeeva Naik, Assistant Director of Bantwal Taluk Horticultural Department and others were present and explained the problems faced by the growers to the Central team.