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JOINT AREA SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIA (JASS)

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Joint Area Symposia are jointly organized by the District Planting Associations and the UPASI TRF and is held once in 3 or 4 years in different tea districts. Planters from all the districts are invited to one district, making it a popular forum for the planters to interact among themselves and also with the scientists. At times planters from north east India also participate in JASS. Information relating to the cultivation practices, specific to the district is shared and the estates are visited. Papers are presented by the scientists on new and emerging areas of research and extension. Delegates coming from districts gain a first hand knowledge of the host district. The JASS is often described as the “travelling symposium” because of the extensive field visits. So far, eight JASS were held. The VIII JASS was conducted at Vandiperiyar in 1999 to coincide with the centenary of the Central Travancore Planters’ Association, The proceedings of all the JASS are available as Bulletins of UPASI Scientific Department or Bulletins of TRF.

The Eighth Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS VIII) was conducted by the Central Travancore Planters’Association and UPASI Tea Scientific Department at Vandiperiyar and Peermade during 1999. The symposium was inaugurated by Mr. K. Jacob Thomas, President, UPASI. Delegates comprising planters from all the tea growing area of south India, officials from Tea Board and scientists from Tocklai Experimental Station, Assam and UPASI TRF participated. Proceedings of JASS VIII have been published in Bulletin No. 53 of UPASI Tea Scientific Department.

The Seventh Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS VII) was organized by the Karnataka Planters’ Association and UPASI Tea Scientific Department at Chikmagalur District in the year 1998. The symposium included field visits, paper presentations and demonstration of harvesting machinery and spraying equipments. Proceedings of JASS VII have been published in Bulletin No. 51 of UPASI Tea Scientific Department.

The Nilgiri-Wynaad Planters’ Association (NWPA) and UPASI Scientific Department hosted the sixth Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS VI) at Gudalur in 1993. Nursery practices and clonal preference, integrated drought management, replanting and new planting, shear harvesting, rejuvenation and consolidation of old tea, infilling in mature tea, integrated fertilizer schedule and soil management, pest and disease management, tea manufacture and marketing were some of the important subjects discussed at the symposium. Proceedings of JASS VII are available in Bulletin No. 46 of UPASI Tea Scientific Department.

The Fifth Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS V) was organized by the Nilgiri Planters’ Association (NPA) and UPASI Scientific Department at Coonoor in 1991. Cultivation practices and quality aspects gained importance in this scientific symposium. Bulletin No. 44 of UPASI Tea Scientific Department contains the proceedings of JASS V.

The Fourth Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS IV) was organized by the Kannan Devan Planters’ Association and UPASI Scientific Department at Munnar, Idukki District during 1988. Proceedings of JASS IV have been published in Bulletin No. 42 of UPASI Tea Scientific Department.

The Third Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS III) was held at Valparai during 1984. Partial rejuvenation pruning, disease and pest control, shot hole borer management, manuring of tea and nutrition factors in tea production were some of the important subjects discussed at the symposium ( Vide: Bulletin No. 39 of UPASI Tea Scientific Department).

The Second Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS II) was jointly organized by the Central Travancore Planters’ Association and UPASI Tea Scientific Department at Vandiperiyar, Idukki District in 1979 ( Ref: Bulletin No. 36 UPASI Tea Scientific Department) while
JASS I The first Joint Area Scientific Symposium (JASS I) was organized by the UPASI Tea Scientific Department at Glenview, Coonoor during 1977. Development and maintenance of healthy bush frames, cardinal role of nutrient inputs, optimizing plucking system, plant protection technology and irrigation were some of the important subjects discussed at the symposium.

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    In the division of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, research is carried out on diseases of tea and biofertilizers. Among the tea diseases, blister blight is the most important leaf disease caused by the pathogen, Exobasidium vexans affecting the tender harvestable shoots of tea resulting in…

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