Front line demonstrations : these demonstrations are laid out by the scientists in collaboration with Tobacco Board especially on newly released varieties, IPM practices and other newly released technologies by the CTRI.
Training programmes : Training programmes on various aspects like nursery management, fertilizer application technology, topping and sucker control, plant protection measures, harvesting, curing and grading, post harvest product management are regularly conducted. The CTRI and its Research Stations have conducted a total number of 267 training programmes in collaboration with Tobacco Board during the review period.
Radio talks : A total number of Radio talks on tobacco during the past five years by the scientists of CTRI and its Research Stations are 195.
Tobacco portal :
- The technical know-how on the improved production and protection technologies have been taken to the doorsteps of the farming community by developing an online farmers portal www.indiantobaccofarmer.com in collaboration with Tobacco Board and ITC for online interaction with the FCV tobacco farmers of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in local languages on the problems faced by them and thereby solving problems instantly. Two kiosks one each at CTRI, Rajahmundry and CTRI Research Station, Hunsur were set up for on-line interaction with the farmers. Some kiosks were setup at different places in FCV tobacco growing area meeting the requirement of some of the farmers.
Video on wheels : CTRI in collaboration with Tobacco Board has developed several CDs on tobacco production, processing and storage technologies useful to the farming community. These are shown to the farmers during their leisure time and also in special training programmes on awareness campaigns on the need for maintaining high quality in export tobacco.