Mahatma Gandhi University signs MoU for Avocado Research Center in Kerala



Commercial production of foreign fruit should be pursued by farmers, Thomas suggested, as rubber and pepper cultivation are currently in decline. He said the research division would offer all necessary assistance in growing avocado fruits.








Sabu Thomas, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University





The Fruits Valley Farmers Producers Company and Mahatma Gandhi University have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish an avocado research center at Adimali in Kerala. On Sunday, cabinet chairman Biju Parayannilam and university registrar Prakash Kumar both signed the memorandum of understanding.












Commercial production of imported fruits like avocados is essential for the sustainability of the state’s agricultural sector, according to Vice Chancellor Sabu Thomas, who spoke at the ceremony.

Commercial production of foreign fruit should be pursued by farmers, Thomas suggested, as rubber and pepper cultivation are currently in decline. He said the research division would offer all necessary assistance in growing avocado fruits.

“Farmers should come forward and try to produce foreign fruit commercially because rubber and pepper cultivation are in decline,” Thomas said. He said the research department will provide all necessary assistance for the production of avocado trees.

According to Parayannilam, his company will promote the growth of avocado, rambutan, mangosteen and passion fruit, export these fruits to other countries and maintain a constant price for these products.












About Mahatma Gandhi University:

Mahatma Gandhi University, one of the leading universities in Kerala, is a leading educational institution that strives to meet the higher education needs of the people of central Kerala. MGU currently offers research programs in some 40 disciplines through its own accredited schools and research centers.

The University also actively works with internationally renowned research institutions such as the Max Plank Institute of Technology in Germany, Brown University in the United States, California Institute of Technology in the United States, University of Toronto in Canada, the Catholic University in Belgium, the Institute of Political Studies in France, the University of Paris and the University of Swinburne in Australia.












In order to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their subject of study, a Scholar-in-Residence program has been launched, in which several Nobel laureates are invited to interact directly with them.











First published: August 10, 2022, 10:01 IST