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Cultivation of vegetables in low tunnel should be completed till 15th December.

Farmers have been instructed to start cultivation of cucumber, bottle gourd, sponge gourd, bitter gourd, ash gourd, melon and water melon in low tunnel from 1st December to 15th December. They said that this time is appropriate for off-season cultivation and by direct sowing of these vegetables higher productivity can be obtained. Spokesperson of Agriculture Department said that one metre high tunnel is suitable for the cultivation of these vegetables. Plant to plant and row to row distance must be maintained and is very essential for proper growth and development.

Moreover, they said that for the cultivation of cucumber, the distance from the plant to plant should be 30cm while for bottle gourd, sponge gourd, bitter gourd, ash gourd, melon and water melon plant to plant distance must be kept 45cm and in case of pumpkin it must be maintained at 50cm. The row to row distance for cucumber, bottle gourd, sponge gourd, bitter gourd, ash gourd, melon and water melon must be kept 150cm while for pumpkin it should be maintained at 240cm. They said that the vegetables grown in tunnel are protected from frost damage during winter season because the plastic in the tunnel balances the temperature and hence severe cold and frost in winter cannot effect the normal growth and development.

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