Cashew Museum: An Impressive Showcase of the Crop in Entirety
Due to the perennial nature of cashew and its seasonality of production, providing field exposure on all aspects is difficult during a particular visit of farmers to the research organizations. This necessitated the need for a modern Plant Health Clinic/Museum (PHCM) on cashew with the help of modern information and communication technologies. This facility can provide one-stop point for dissemination of cashew related technologies to farmers, students, researchers and other stakeholders. Hence, a state of the art cashew museum was recently established with the support of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana – Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR), Govt. of Karnataka at the ICAR- Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur.
The museum cum plant health clinic has been developed with many unique and interesting features. The kiosk in the museum provides relevant information about cashew cultivation and processing. The plant health aspects can be learnt with the images and videos in the kiosk through different custom made software for pest attack, disease incidence and nutrient deficiency symptoms along with options for their management. The digital display frames provide information on all aspects of cashew cultivation, management, processing and value addition through videos. Digital translates/bromides are illuminated films or transparencies lit from behind or above, which provide information on various facets of development and care required for cashew orchards. Press button information board helps to learn about different attributes of popular varieties of cashew.
Further, the storytelling boards present information in an appealing audiovisual format. Scrolling translates help to increase the linguistic capacity of the museum where information in all possible languages is provided. The sample enclosures showcase specimens, samples and models of different items related to cashew. Another interesting aspect in the museum is the mural painting that depicts the elements of historical and current events of cashew crop. It is hoped that this museum will be a visual treat to the visitors, a knowledge bank of cashew crop and cater to the diagnostic needs of visitors. This cashew museum surely enthrals the visitors with long-lasting memory of an interactive tool for learning.