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KVK invites applications for 1 month course Aquaculture Worker

The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute is conducting one month long course on Aquaculture Worker  from November 12th  to 7thDecember 2018. The KVK was earlier accredited by Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) of Ministry of Company Affairs, Government of India to conduct their courses. The Aquaculture Worker course totally free of charges envisages to impart scientific skills to twenty selected aqua farmers/ aqua farm labour/ interested youngsters in the field of practical Aquaculture.  The KVK would be providing technology backstopping to successful candidates to commence/upscale their aquaculture ventures and/or would be registering successful candidates into groups to form Aqua task force who will render technical assistance to aqua farmers in aspects like seed/feed sourcing, turn-key basis cage installation, pond preparation, advisory services, fish marketing etc with technology backstopping of KVK.   The long term objective of conducting this one month long course  is to create employment opportunities in the field of Aqua farming and also to support Aquaculture ventures by providing skilled manpower. There is no educational qualification or age limit prescribed for the course. Interest of the candidate in the field will be the criteria for selection through an interview. However preference would be given to youngsters. Interested candidates may e mail the application form to kvkernakulam@yahoo.co.in on or before 5th November 2018. The forms can be downloaded from KVK website www.kvkernakulam.org.in. The Kendra can also be contacted @ 8281757450 for clarifications if any.

 

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Jayanti rohu fish seed supply commenced from KVKs Satellite seed production centre

Jayanti rohu fish seed supply commenced from KVKs Satellite seed production centre 

The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra of CMFRI commenced supply of Jayanthi Rohu fish seeds from one of its Satellite production centre (SPC) located near Kothamangalam, Ernakulam. The KVK sourced Jayanti rohu  (improved variety of Rohu) spawn  from ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar and reared for 2 months till fingerling stage in the SPCs. The partner farmers Mr.Luice G Kappan and Mr.TK Joseph who managed the SPC were given training prior to that. With the buyback arrangement of KVK, the farmers could earn Rs.60,000 and Rs. 30,000 respectively  from this 2 month venture.

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FLOOD RELIEF ANIMAL HEALTH CAMPS CONDUCTED

 

ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra of CMFRI, Ernakulam and ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (CCARI), North Goa in collaboration with Kerala state animal husbandry department, Ernakulam district conducted animal health camps in the flood affected Aluva and Parur Taluks of Ernakulam district, Kerala during 2nd September -5th September 2018. Total of 15 health camps benefitting around 500 farmers and  20 house visits were taken up to treat severely affected animals. The major problems in the flood hit area are lack of dry fodder and grasses. Further, loss of condition and immunity has made the animals more prone to infectious and non-infectious diseases. Medicines and supplements worth INR 1.00 lakhs brought from ICAR-CCARI distributed to needy farmers. Dr.Sanjay Udharwar, Dr.Gokuldas P.P. and Dr. Chetankumar H.B., Scientists from ICAR-CCARI and Dr. K. Smita Sivadasan from KVK, Ernakulam participated. Local Veterinary surgeons of flood affected areas whole heartedly supported the venture. Dr.E.B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CCARI made site visit on 5th September 2018, assessed progress of health camps and subsequently held a meeting with KVK and state department officials at CMFRI, Kochi. Dr.Shinoj subramannian, Head of KVK and Dr. Mary James, District Animal husbandry officer i/c participated and joint recommendations released.

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KVK TOWARDS AUGMENTING PEARLSPOT SEED PRODUCTION IN THE DISTRICT

 

KVK TOWARDS AUGMENTING PEARLSPOT SEED PRODUCTION IN THE DISTRICT EDP CONDUCTED

 

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ernakulam of CMFRI is in the process of augmenting domestic production of seeds of Pearlspot, the State fish of Kerala. Seed shortage is one of the major reasons for low  availability of locally produced Pearlspot which is popular for its characteristic taste. In order to enhance seed availability, the KVK has developed 7 Satellite seed production centers in different farmers fields in Ernakulam district with funding support of National Fisheries Development Board  during 2016-17. These centers has overall  capacity of 2,50,00 seeds per annum.  In order to meet the ever increasing demand of Pearlspot seeds, KVK is in the process of establishing further Satellite seed production centres with participation of more farmers. As a primary step to achieve this, Seventy four farmers were imparted three days Entrepreunership development programme (EDP) on Pearlspot seed production" during 31st  July 2018 to 2nd August 2018 at ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi. The programe was conducted with the financial support from National fisheries Development Board , Hyderabad. 

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KVK to promote responsible fish vending

KVK to promote responsible fish vending
The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyam Kendra of CMFRI is promoting responsible fish vending that ensures safe fish to consumers while maintaining the market clean and healthy. it became a regular programme of the Kendra to impart hands on training to fish vendors on  “Safe to eat fish sourcing, cleaned fish supply, waste to manure conversion and hygienic vending”. Under this programme, recently KVK trained 12 number of selected fish vendors from Vypeen harbour and as a result they are vending fish in a Market designated Poison free fish market (വിഷമുക്ത മത്സ്യ വിപണന കേന്ദ്രം) . Subsequently as requested by Fish farmers Development Society, Ernakulam another training was held for six members on 18th July 2018. Those who are interested in this programme can contact KVK @  8281757450   Certificates would be issued to successful candidates. 
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KVK facilitated live webcast of Prime Ministers interaction with Women Self Help Group members

KVK facilitated live webcast of Prime Ministers interaction with Women Self Help Group members

The live webcast of Honb’le Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi’s interaction with selected women Self help group (SHG) members in the country was held at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 12th July 2018. Many women SHG members in Ernakulam district benefited.

Subsequent to the webcast, a session on ‘Schemes/loans from financial institutions for the benefit of SHG members and individuals’ led by Ms.Manisha Joby, Sr.Branch manager, Bank of India Thrissur was held. Mr Maheshkumar V,  Zonal Manager and other Bank of India officials interacted with the women SHG members.  

The bank officials and KVK experts together clarified queries of SHG members on technical issues and various Government schemes like Mudra loan, Stand up India, start ups etc. Formalities required for getting financial assistance and scope of expanding their present Agro enterprises were the topics of interest for the participants. KVK experts Dr P A Vikas, Shoji Joy Edison, Dr Smita Sivadasan and P Sreelatha participated. 

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പൊക്കാളി കർഷക കമ്പനിയുടെ ഓഹരികൾ

 

പൊക്കാളി കർഷക കമ്പനിയുടെ ഓഹരികൾ വിൽപ്പനക്ക് 

കൊച്ചിഎറണാകുളം കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രത്തിന്റെ മേൽനോട്ടത്തിൽ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന പൊക്കാളി കർഷക ഉത്പാദക കമ്പനിയുടെ ഓഹരികൾവിൽപനയ്ക്ക് . സ്വന്തമായി പൊക്കാളി പാടമുള്ളവർക്ക് മാത്രമാണ് ഓഹരികൾ നൽകുകആയിരം രൂപയാണ് ഒരു ഓഹരിയുടെ മൂല്യം.പൊക്കാളി നെൽ-മത്സ്യ കൃഷിയിലൂടെയും അനുബന്ധ വാണിജ്യ സംരംഭങ്ങളിലൂടെയും കമ്പനിക്ക് ലഭിക്കുന്ന ലാഭവിഹിതം ഓഹരിപങ്കാളികൾക്ക് ലഭിക്കുംകൃഷിയിറക്കുന്നതും ഉത്പന്നങ്ങൾ വിറ്റഴിക്കുന്നതും മറ്റും കൂട്ടായി ചെയ്യുക വഴി കൃഷിച്ചിലവ് കുറച്ച് ഉലപന്നങ്ങൾക്കുകൂടുതൽ വില ലഭ്യമാക്കുവാനും കഴിയും.

 നബാർഡിന്റെ സാമ്പത്തിക സഹായത്തോടെയാണ് സിഎംഎഫ്ആർഐക്ക് കീഴിൽ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന എറണാകുളം കെവികെ പൊക്കാളി കർഷകഉത്പാദക കമ്പനി രെജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്തത്. രാജ്യത്ത് 2000 കർഷക ഉൽപാദന കമ്പനികൾ സ്ഥാപിക്കുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായായിരുന്നു ഇത്. കമ്പനിതുടങ്ങുന്നതിനും ആദ്യത്തെ മൂന്ന് വർഷത്തെ നടത്തിപ്പിനുമാണ് കെവികെ കർഷകരെ സഹായിക്കുന്നത്. തുടർന്ന് കർഷകർ തന്നെ കമ്പനിപ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളുമായി മുന്നോട്ടു പോകേണ്ടതാണ്. ലാഭവിഹിതം  പൂർണമായും കമ്പനിനിയിൽ ഓഹരിയുള്ളവർക്ക് ലഭിക്കും.

 അഞ്ഞൂറ് ഓഹരികളാണ് കമ്പനിക്കുള്ളത്. നിലവിൽ കമ്പനിയിൽ 10 ഡയറക്ടർ ബോർഡ് അംഗങ്ങളുണ്ട്. കൂടാതെ 130 ഓഹരികളുള്ള അമ്പതോളംപേരും കമ്പനിയുടെ ഭാഗമാണ്. എല്ലാവരും പൊക്കാളി കർഷകരാണ്. ബാക്കി വരുന്ന ഓഹരികളാണ് ഇപ്പോൾ ലഭ്യമാക്കുന്നത്.

 പൊക്കാളി കർഷകരുടെ വരുമാനം വർദ്ധിപ്പിക്കുവാനുതകുന്ന പൊക്കാളി നെൽ -ചെമ്മീൻ കൃഷി നടത്തിപ്പ്, വിപണനം, മത്സ്യക്കുഞ്ഞുങ്ങൾ,മത്സ്യത്തീറ്റ, വളങ്ങൾ തുടങ്ങിയവയുടെ വിപണനം തുടങ്ങി വിവിധ  വാണിജ്യ സംരംഭങ്ങൾ ജില്ലയിലെ പൊക്കാളി കർഷകർ ഒന്നിച്ച് ചേർന്ന്നടത്തുകയാണ് കമ്പനിയുടെ പ്രധാന ലക്ഷ്യം. തുടക്കത്തിൽ തന്നെ മത്സ്യത്തീറ്റ വിപണന കേന്ദ്രം നടത്തുവാനാണ് തീരുമാനം. കമ്പനിയിൽഅംഗങ്ങളായ കർഷകർക്ക് മത്സ്യത്തീറ്റ കുറഞ്ഞ വിലയിൽ ലഭ്യമാക്കുവാൻ കഴിയുന്നതോടൊപ്പം തുടർ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങൾക്കു മൂലധനംസ്വരൂപിക്കുകയുമാണ് ലക്ഷ്യം. പൊക്കാളി ഉൽപ്പന്നങ്ങൾ ബ്രാൻഡ് ചെയ്ത് വിപണിയിലെത്തിക്കുകയാണ് കമ്പനിയുടെ അടുത്ത ലക്ഷ്യം.

 ഓഹരി വാങ്ങാൻ താല്പര്യമുള്ള കർഷകർ കെ വി കെ യുടെ 8281757450  എന്ന നമ്പറിൽ വിളിച്ചു രജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്താൽ അതാത് പ്രദേശങ്ങളിലെചുമതലപെടുത്തിയിട്ടുള്ള കർഷക പ്രതിനിധികൾ വഴി തുടർ നടപടികൾ സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നതാണ്.

KVKs technology support for ATMA programme

KVK provided technology backstopping for ATMA district specific activity Cage fish culture at Ernakulam district. The selected Karshakasangham group, Maattupuram was trained by KVK and provided support to fabricate and install cages in the brackishwater creek located at Maattupuram. Asian Seabass and Pearlspot was stocked in  the cages. KVK extended marketing support too by organizing Farm gate market at the field. Inauguration of marketing facility was done on 17th June 2018 at Maatupuram by Karumaalloor Grama Panchayath President Shri.G.D Raju,  ATMA Project Director Shri Usha Devi Assistant Director Shri. E.M Babitha, KVK Subject Matter Specialist  Dr.P.A Vikas  and other officials and  public representatives were present. Fish worth of Rs.2 lakhs could be sold. The farm gate arrangement could enhance farmers income by 35 per cent over and above the conventional practice of selling to middlemen. 

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Live webcast of Honble Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modis interaction with farmers

Live webcast of Honble Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi’s interaction with farmers by KVK 

KVK organised the event that was attended by around 150 farmers in the district. 

In connection with the programme, an interface meeting of KVK experts and farmers was also held. Farmers called for forming action force to solve the issue of pokkali harvest or developing suitable machinery to reap the pokkali crop. “Existing machinery is not fit for pokkali harvest and we are not getting labours to reap the pokkali crops. The situation is badly affecting the very existence of pokkali farming”, they said. The farmers also demanded that breeding technology and hatchery facility for mullet should be developed to solve the issue of seed scarcity in brackishwater fish farming in the district. Effective market strategies also should be developed for ensuring price for the crops, they said.

Seeds of vegetables and organic fertilisers of the KVK distributed to the farmers. Dr P A Vikas, Dr Smitha Sivadasan, P Sreelatha, Sajeev Nayarambalam and Baiju Mukkannoor among others spoke on the occasion.  

 

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International yoga day celebrated at KVK

 

International yoga day celebrated by KVK Ernakulam of CMFRI on 21st June 2016. Upa yoga was taught by volunteers Dr.Radhika Jayakumar and Mayil Anand from Isha Foundation, Coimbatore. KVK and CMFR staff participated in the programme. Yoga related video CDs and leaflets distributed to the participants.

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Mangrove afforestation as a natural defense mechanism

 

On the world Environment day occasion mangrove afforestation programme was conducted at KVK Narakkal campus on 5th June 2018. KVK and projects staff were actively participated in the programme. Hundred mangrove samplings of Bruguiera gymnorrhiza and Rhizophora apiculata collected from nearby mangrove area planted along the campus boarder facing Sea side as a natural barrier from heavy sea waves.

 

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ERNAKULAM KVK OF ICAR-CMFRI CELEBRATED WORLD FISHERIES DAY: BUSINESS PLANS TO ENHANCE FARMERS INCOME CHALKED OUT

ERNAKULAM KVK OF ICAR-CMFRI CELEBRATED WORLD FISHERIES DAY: BUSINESS PLANS TO ENHANCE FARMER’S INCOME CHALKED OUT

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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SOWING AGRICULTURE IN YOUNG MINDS

SOWING AGRICULTURE IN YOUNG MINDS:

CAREER GUIDANCE IN AGRICULTURE & SCIENTIST-STUDENT INTERACTION ON FARMING

 

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

 

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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