The ICAR-KVK Ernakulam of CMFRI celebrated World Fisheries Day on 21st November at Kothamangalam, Ernakulam, Kerala by conducting inland fish farmer’s meet to chalk out local strategies to double farmer’s income by 2022. Nearly 100 progressive inland fish farmers attended the programme. The Member of Kerala Legislative Assembly, Shri. Antony John MLA inaugurated the programme while Municipal ward councilor Smt. Mary Poulose presided over. Dr.Shinoj Subramannian, Head of KVK explained Government of India strategy to double farmer’s income by 2022 and Dr.Vikas P.A. Subject Matter Specialist explained various scientific strategies to augment inland fish production.

The meet suggested to venture into farm tourism to enhance farmer’s earnings. The strategic location of the place which is on the way to Munnar, a famous tourist destination of Kerala can be taken into advantage. Fish reared granite quarries and surrounding spice plantations can be utilized for farm tourism. The Periyar Valley Spice Farmer Producer Company formed and nurtured by KVK was entrusted to chalk out various tour packages including dining options with local traditional cuisines.   KVK would be coordinating with Department of tourism to obtain necessary licenses. In addition, business plans for fish seed rearing, feed supply, farmer operated fish market and inland fish farmer’s task force were chalked out. The whole package is expected to enhance inland fish farmer’s income in the area.  


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KVK conducted Entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) on Soil less media: Production technology and Marketing strategies

In an effort to develop entrepreneurs across the state for the commercial production of the soil-less media, that can be used as an alternative to soil in farming, the KVK  conducted a training programme at CMFRI, Kochi on 8th November 2017. During the programme, technology of the soil-less mix, which was recently developed by the KVK, was transferred to the participants. The mix was a huge hit among the farmers and public at the launch of the product two months ago. The KVK provided entrepreneurship development training to those who expressed willingness to produce the soil-less mix in commercial level. As many as 25 participants from various parts of Kerala attended the training. As part of the entrepreneurship development training, there was demonstration of the mechanized production techniques of the soil-less media and class on marketing strategies. The KVK would provide continuous technology backstopping for those who venture in this enterprise among these trainess. KVK is happy to transfer the technology of the soil-less mix to more people who are really interested in being entrepreneurs in the area. Training and technical support will be given in accordance with the demand for the same from the public. Those interested in the commercial production of the mix may register their names with the KVK at 8281757450.  

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With continued awareness on safety of the food, a large number of populations in Kerala have come forward for farming and food production. Most of these activities are being done as a leisure time activity or as hobby. In order to sustainably develop farming and self sufficiency in food production requires strategies to attract more and more youngsters to farming. It is hopeful that many of our schools started giving adequate importance to Agriculture and related activities and many students developed interest towards organic farming. Sustainable approach for future require number of efficient Agricultural technocrats also to assist farmers at various levels.

In order to create awareness on the career opportunities in Agriculture and allied fields like Veterinary, Fisheries, Engineering, Dairy technology, Food technology etc., and also to answer student’s queries  on the farming activities which they undertake at their schools and homes,  the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ernakulam of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi has organized a one day event Sowing agriculture in young minds for 60 selected students from Gifted Students scheme functioning at various schools across Ernakulam district. The programme was held on 28th Saturday at CMFRI. Dr.A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI inaugurated the programme and Dr.Shyam S Salim, Proncipal Scientist conducted a session on Careers in feeding masses-Study and Job opportunities in Agriculture and allied sectors. Shri.F.Pushparaj Anjelo, Shri,Shoji Joy Edison and  Dr.P.A Vikas  interacted with the students.

“We would be conducting a series of programmes under the title Sowing agriculture in young minds with an objective of attracting young generation to farming and Agricultural Science &Technology. Interested educational institutions can talk to KVK @ 8281757450” said Dr.Shinoj Subramannian, Senior Scientist & Head of KVK.

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Quiz competition as part of Swachhata Hi Seva campaign

Quiz competition as part of Swachhata Hi Seva campaign

In order to inculcate the importance of hygiene and sanitation in young minds, a quiz competition on the topic-Sanitation and hygiene was conducted as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign at KVK campus on 28th September 2017. 59 students from Government Vocational Higher Secondary School,  Narakal, Ernakulam participated in the competition. Out of the five teams, team GREEN won the first prize and the team RED the second price. Prices were distributed by Smt. P. Sreeletha SMS (Home science) and Dr. P.A Vikas SMS (Fisheries) was the quiz master.



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മട്ടുപ്പാവിൽ പഴത്തോട്ടം

വേണമെങ്കിൽ പഴങ്ങൾ ടെറസിലും കായ്ക്കും 


മട്ടുപ്പാവിൽ പഴത്തോട്ടം ഒരുക്കുന്നതെങ്ങനെയെന്ന് പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തി കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രം 


കൊച്ചി: മനസ്സു വെച്ചാൽ ഫലവൃക്ഷങ്ങൾ വീടിന്റെ ടെറസ്സിലും വളർത്താം. കേന്ദ്ര സമുദ്രമത്സ്യ ഗവേഷണ സ്ഥാപനത്തിന് (സിഎംഎഫ്ആർഐ) കീഴിലുള്ള കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രം ഒരുക്കിയ പ്രദർശനം കണ്ടാൽ ആർക്കും ഇത് പെട്ടെന്ന് ബോധ്യമാകും. വീടിന്റെ മട്ടുപ്പാവിൽ മാവും പ്ലാവും ഞാവലും നെല്ലിയും തുടങ്ങി വേഗത്തിൽ കായ്ക്കുന്ന ഫലവൃക്ഷങ്ങൾ എങ്ങനെ വളർത്താമെന്ന് പൊതുജനങ്ങളെ പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തുകയാണ് സിഎംഎഫ്ആർഐയിൽ ഒരുക്കിയ പ്രദർശനവും ഫലവൃകഷത്തൈ വിപണന മേളയും.


കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രത്തിലെ ഹോട്ടിക്കൾച്ചർ വിദഗ്ധർക്ക് പുറമെ, മട്ടുപ്പാവ് കൃഷിയിൽ ശ്രദ്ധേയമായ നേട്ടം കൈവരിച്ച ജൈവകർഷകനായ ജോസഫ് ഫ്രാൻസിസും സന്ദർശകരുടെ സംശയങ്ങൾക്ക് മറുപടി നൽകി. ജോസഫ് തന്റെ വീടിന്റെ ടെറസിൽ വളർത്തുന്ന ഫലവൃക്ഷങ്ങളും മേളയിൽ പ്രദർശിപ്പിച്ചു. മാവ്, പ്ലാവ് എന്നിവയ്ക്ക് പുറമെ തായ്‌ലന്റ് സീതപ്പഴം, എളന്തപ്പഴം, ചാമ്പ തുടങ്ങിയവയുടെ വളർന്നു വലുതായ വൃക്ഷങ്ങളും മേളയിലുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. 


വേഗത്തിൽ കായ്ക്കുന്ന 14 തരം ഫലവൃക്ഷങ്ങളുടെ തൈകളാണ് മേളയിൽ വിൽപന നടത്തിയത്. തൈകൾ വാങ്ങാൻ നല്ല തിരക്കാണ് അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടത്. 2000ത്തോളം തൈകളാണ് വിറ്റുപോയത്. രണ്ടര അടി പൊക്കമുള്ള തൈകളാണ് വിൽപന നടത്തിയത്.

മട്ടുപ്പാവിൽ പഴത്തോട്ടം ഒരുക്കുമ്പോൾ വേരുകൾ അമിതമായി വളരുന്നത് തടയണമെന്ന് കെവികെയിലെ വിദഗ്ധർ പറയുന്നു. കൃത്യമായ ഇടവേളകളിൽ വേരുകളുടെ ഇടയിളക്കി അമിതവളർച്ച തടയാം. ശിഖരങ്ങളും അമിതമായി വളരുന്നത് നിയന്ത്രണ വിധേയമാക്കേണ്ടതുണ്ട്. 200 ലിറ്ററിന്റെ പ്ലാസ്റ്റിക് ഡ്രം മുറിച്ച് അതിൽ 25 കിലോ മണ്ണും പന്ത്രണ്ടര കിലോ വീതം ചാണകപ്പൊടിയും ചകിരിച്ചോറും ചേർത്താണ് തൈകൾ നട്ടുപിടിപ്പിക്കേണ്ടത്. ഇലകളിൽ തളിക്കുന്ന വളങ്ങളാണ് ഉപയോഗിക്കേണ്ടത്. രണ്ട് വർഷം കഴിയുമ്പോഴേക്കും വൃക്ഷങ്ങൾ കായ്ക്കും. ഫലവൃക്ഷങ്ങൾ മട്ടുപ്പാവിലും അല്ലാതെയും വളർത്തുമ്പോൾ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കേണ്ട കാര്യങ്ങൾ കെവികെയിലെ വിദഗ്ധർ മേളയിൽ വിശദീകരി ച്ചു.

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സിഎംഎഫ്ആർഐയിൽ നടക്കുന്ന ഫലവൃക്ഷത്തൈ വിപണന മേളയിൽ നിന്ന് തൈകൾ വാങ്ങാനെത്തിയവർ

KVKs New Soil-less Medium a Hit among Kochiites


The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s new soil-less medium, that can be used as an alternative to soil in farming, has turned a hit among the Kochiites, receiving a huge response from the public at a sales mela held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Thursday.

Around 1000 city residents visited the mela and purchased nearly 2000 packets of the product. The mela was conducted as part of popularising the new soil-less medium among the public. In addition, prior booking for around 5000 packets of the product also was received from the public at the sales mela.

The Ernakulam KVK, functioning under the CMFRI, developed the soil-less medium by using composted pressmud, a by-product from sugar mills along with coirpith , powdered cowdung, neem cake, dolomite and biocontrol agents.


Around 70 people approached the Business Desk at the mela expressing their willingness to produce the soil-less medium for commercial purpose. They were given assistance by extending technical details regarding investment and raw materials for manufacturing the product.


Huge rush was also experienced at the KVK Sales Counter at CMFRI, which is open on all working days, to purchase the products such as neem oil, neem cake, vegetable seeds, feeds, organic bio-pesticides and organic manure etc.


“We are happy that the product is receiving huge response from the public”, said Dr Shinoj Subramanyan, Head of the KVK. “Many people have approached us to utilise KVK technology for manufacturing the product in commercial purpose. KVK will provide a training programme to them in immediate future”, he added.


“While the scarcity of quality soil posing a challenge to the organic farmers in the city, the new soil-less mix could be of great advantage to them for growing vegetables and other plants. One packet of the product weighing 10 kg could be used for growing one plant and no growbag is required for the same”, he said.  


Considering the growing demand for the product, the KVK would again conduct a mela on 26 this month, he said.


Those interested in adopting the technology of KVK for the large-scale production of the soil-less mix may register their names by making a call to 8281757450.  



Celebration of Sewa Diwas at KVK Ernakulam

The Ernakulam KVK of CMFRI celebrated Sewa Diwas on 17th September 2017 at its campus. All staff together cleaned the office and its premises. Swachhta Hi Sewa banner displayed in front of the office building to give awareness among staff and public. Fish wastes collected from Ernakulam fish market was graded, shredded and put for composting in forced aerated composting system to convert waste into wealth. The ready manure mixture were packed and shipped to KVK sales counter for sales to promote organic farming in the district. Similarly packing of soil less media made out press mud a sugarcane industry waste were packed and shipped to KVK sales counter for sales with a view to promote organic farming using the composted wastes.


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KVK organized Sankalp Se Siddhi programme

The Ernakulam KVK organised the New India Manthan: Sankalp Se Siddhi programme on 24th August at the ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi.  Prof. K V Thomas, Member of Parliament, Ernakulam Constituency was the Chief Guest of the programme. He inaugurated the programme and administered the New India pledge.

Dr Pravin Puthra, Additional Director General of Indian Council of Agriculture (ICAR) explained the seven-point development strategies for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. A Malayalam translation of this write up was read and distributed to the farmers as well as media. An inspitational film re-mixed in local language was screened during the occasion. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI presided. Dr Shinoj Subramanian, Head of Ernakulam KVK and Dr N Aswathy spoke on the occasion.

In addition, a farmer-scientist interface meeting also was conducted on the occasion. During the interface meeting, farmers raised questions about the organic vegetable farming, dairying, egg production, meat production, fish farming, soil management, organic fertilisers and value addition. Experts from CMFRI, Kerala Agricultural University and KVK answered their questions. Around 200 farmers attended the programme. All farmers were presented with a kit consisting of useful seeds and KVK publications.

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World environment day celebrated

On the occasion of World Environment day on 5th June 2017, KVK planted mangrove saplings  at its campus. KVK staff members actively participated in the programme. Hundred mangrove samplings of Bruguieragymnorrhiza and Rhizophoraapiculata collected from nearby mangrove area planted along the campus boarder facing Sea side as a natural barrier from heavy sea waves.

Participated in Exhibition

KVK participated in the Jaiva Jeevitham Onam exhibition organized by Jaivajeevitham Ernakulam during 25th August to 3rd September at RajendraMaidan, Ernakulam. KVK products& publications were displayed. There was a sale of the soil less planting media developed by KVK, produced and marketed by Vypeen Harithashree Self Help Group.


Orientation programme for Farmer Producer company share holders conducted

KVK is presently promoting two Farmer Producer Companies with financial assistance from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Farmer Producer Companies namely “Periyar valley spices farmer producer company Ltd. and Pokkali farmer producer company Ltd.” Were registered. KVK organized an orientation programme for the share holders of the two companies on 2nd August 2017 at CMFRI, Kochi. Dr. Shinoj Subramannian, Head, KVK Ernakulam introduced the probable business plans for both the companies. Mr. Joel George, Chartered accountant, M/s Balan & Company, Ernakulam delivered lead lecture about the Company incorporation act and follow up procedures. Shri. F PushparajAnjelo and Dr. P. A Vikas, Technical officers of the Kendra were present.


International yoga day celebrated

ternational yoga day was celebrated at the KVK on 21stJune 2017.  Video documentaries on "Introduction of Yoga and Significance of International Yoga day" by Spiritual leader and founder of Isha Foundation Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev were played on the occasion.20 members participated in the programme.Yoga Day.jpg

KVKs satellite packing unit commenced at Sub Jail Ernakulam

KVKs satellite packing unit was commenced at SubJailErnakulam on 11th May 2017. The unit was inaugurated  by Director, SICA & DIG of Prisons (South Zone), Pradeep B. Ernakulam Sub jail Superintendent Somarajan K, ward councilor Smt. Gracybabu, and KVK Head Dr. Shinoj Subramannian were present.  Shri. F PushparajAnjelo and Dr. P.A Vikas, technical officers trained the inmates. The packed products are being sold at KVK sales counter located at CMFRI, Kochi


KVK (Ernakulam) got accreditation from Agricultural Skill Council of India (ASCI)

The Agricultural Skill Council of India (ASCI) has accredited KVK (Ernakulam) as a centre for conducting skill training programmes under Pradhan Mantri Kushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), programme. Subsequently, KVK has conducted two skill training courses of 25 days duration for 40 candidates on the topics “Aquaculture technician” and “Vermicompost Producer”. The programme is a unique initiative by Government of India that aims to impart  meaningful, industry relevant, skill based training to 24 lakh youth in the country


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KVK commenced farmer participatory Pearl spot seed production network


The ICAR- Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ernakulam of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, with funding of National Fisheries development board and with farmer’s participation has developed a network of pearlspot seed production units in the district. Pearlspot being a fish with low fecundity and having habit of parental care; produce less number of seeds. Hatchery production is also not viable. On the other hand, pearlspot is a fish of high demmand in Kerala. Low seed supply is identified as the main reason for less farming and low pearlspot production in the state. This necessitates import of the fish from nearby states; obviously of low quality.

The objective of National Fisheries development board while funding this project is to boost local pearl spot production. Selected farmers were trained on seed production in ponds located in their homesteads and nearby area. The produced seeds are pooled and supplied through KVK. Since individual units are accredited as KVK’s Satellite seed production units, farmers can also sell directly. The customers will get a bill also from farmers. This arrangement is to make the units authentic.

The inauguration was done by Prof. K.V. Thomas MP while Adv. V.D. Satheeshan handed over the KVK accreditation certificates and bill books to farmers. Dr. A Gopalakrishnan Director, CMFRI, Dr. Sreenath Dixith, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bangalore,Dr. Shinoj Subramannian, Head KVK , Dr. Vikas P.A, Subject Matter Specialists were present.

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KVK to weed public ponds by growing Fish

Many of our fresh water resources particularly ponds are not in a usable condition due to excessive growth of aquatic weeds.  There are approximately 140 species of aquatic weeds in our water bodies.  Among these Salvinia, hydrilla & Pistia are the most detrimental to fresh water resources. There are many weedicides available in the market to control this.  However, they cause damage to the fish stock and also to the ecosystem. There is an innovative technology by growing certain species of fresh water fish which feed on the above species of weeds.  The common name of this fish is Grass Carp, species is Ctenopharyngodon idella.   This fish feed aquatic weeds upto the extent of 2 to 3 times of its body weight and it grows upto 50kgs. Since this fish cannot breed in the ponds, its management is easy.  A pond of 1 acre size filled with aquatic weeds requires 20 Grass Carp fish only. 

Demonstration of this technology initiated by ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Ernakulam) of CMFRI at Thripunithura, Perunninakkulam Shiva temple pond, which has an extent of 1.2 acre.  Grass carp fish fingerlings were released during a function held on 6th December 2016. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute.  The Head of KVK Dr.Shinoj Subramannian, Fisheries Subject matter specialist Dr. Vikas P.A. were present.

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     Dr A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI inaugurating the programme 

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ICAR-KVK Ernakulam of CMFRI celebrated World soil day: Launched Drip irrigation kit

      The World soil day celebration of ICAR-KVK Ernakulam of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, Kerala was held at Palluruthy, Ernakulam on 5th December 2016. Member of Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kochi, Shri K.J. Maxy inaugurated the programme and also launched KVK’s new Drip irrigation kit (irrigateasy). Smt. Hema Prahladan, Councillor, Kochi Corporation presided over. Dr.Shinoj Subramannian, Senior Scientist & Head of KVK, Dr.R.Narayanakumar, Principal Scientist & Head of SEETD division of CMFRI were present.  An yearly calendar for Nutmeg farming indicating monthwise recommendations was also released during the programme. A seminar on soil test based fertilizer application followed.

           Irrigateasy is a micro irrigation kit suitable for irrigating kitchen gardens upto 1 cent area or 80 growbags. The unit can be connected to existing plumbing line or to a separate water storage. The basic concept behind introducing this kit is to make the kitchen gardening easy, particularly for non traditional farmers with a view to attract them to self farming for safe food production. An electronic control system can be added to automate the unit. The kit that can be installed easily works under low pressure or in gravity flow. The flow to each drip line can be controlled. The whole unit is portable and can be shifted easily. The modular design helps to expand it to bigger area. The cost of the unit that contains 50 meter drip tape, 6 end caps, 5 connectors with loack & valve, 2 meter connecting hose, take off with control valve along with a CD on installation procedure is only INR 500/- The kit would be available for purchase from KVK salescounter located at ICAR-CMFRI in 2 weeks time.

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KVK'S Aqua Task Force launched during World fisheries day celebrations

As part of World Fisheries Day celebrations, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ernakulam of ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has launched “Aqua Task Force” named Kadamakudy Malsya Karma Sena on November 21st 2016 at Pizhala. The Aquatask Force is a group of youngsters trained by KVK to undertake various works to assist fish farmers on payment basis. They would be working under the technical guidance of KVK experts. Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI launched the group. Smt. Shalini Babu, President, Kadamakkudy grama panchayath presided over and Dr. Shinoj Subramannian, Sr.Scientist and Head, KVK, Dr.P.A.Vikas Subject Matter Specialist-Fisheries were present. The seminar and discussion on Cage Aquaculture followed. For availing the services of the task force, KVK can be contacted @ 8281757450. The task force would be capable of assisting farmers in farm design, cage fabrication, cleaning, pond preparation, seed sourcing, quality control, feed selection, etc. KVK will assist the task force in project preparation for availing bank loans for aquaculture projects. A hand book on FAQs on cage farming and a leaflet on GIFT Tilapia farming were released. These publications can be purchased from KVK sales counter at CMFRI.

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Launching of KVK Aqua Task Force by Dr.A.GopalaKrishnan, Director ,CMFRI

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Release of Handbook on FAQs on Cage culture

KVK conducted Seedling sales mela

The ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Ernakulam) conducted Seedling sales mela at CMFRI, Kochi on 9th November, 2016. The programme was conducted as part of KVK’s Self farming for Safe food programme. 4500 ready-to-plant vegetable seedlings (Tomato, Brinjal, Chilly, Okra, cool season vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower), 150 Coconut seedlings(Dwarf and tall)  and 100 lime seedlings were sold.


Seedling Sales mela at CMFRI

State fisheries department officials on Exposure visit to KVK

The Sub-inspectors of fisheries 30 in number visited KVK Narakkal campus on 15th July 2016. They were deputed from National Institute of Fisheries Administration and Management (NIFAM) Staff training centre,Aluva as part of a training programme. Advancements made by KVK in fisheries sector were briefed.


Training on Horticultural Mechanization

The ICAR-KVK, Ernakulam of CMFRI jointly with Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE), Coimbatore has conducted a one day training programme on Horticultural Mechanization for women. Demonstration of potting mixture preparation machine, mechanization package for minimal processing of Banana central core, back-pack mounted harvesting tool and garden tiller were arranged. An expert team from CIAE comprising of Dr. S.Jacob Annamalai, Principal Scientist & Head, Dr. Ravindra Naik, Principal Scientist and Dr. T.Senthilkumar, Senior Scientist interacted with the trainees. Dr. A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI distributed certificates.


Demonstration of various Horticultural machineries