Drought situation prevailing in the region adversely impacted the coconut production the most, Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) Executive Director E J Joseph today said.As a result, coconut cultivation has decreased 30 to 35 per cent in the region, Mr Joseph told reporters here. This was followed by rubber, pepper and acrecanut production, he said. Stating that rainfall in the region was decreasing, he said Kerala has registered a 39 per cent deficiency this year.This and other major issues affecting the region would be discussed in detail in a two-day national seminar, beginning at the CWRDM campus on March 16.About 145 delegates from different parts of the country would take part in the event, jointly organized by CWRDM and Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), he said.
Calicut University Vice Chancellor Dr K Mohammed Basheer would inaugurate the seminar titled Natural Resources Management for Horticultural Corps under Changing Climatic Conditions (NRMHCCC). Dr E J James, Director, International Affairs Karunya University, Coimbatore would deliver the keynote address, he added.UNI PCH CJ RJ 1421
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