The KVK-Ernakulam has identified three issues viz.,fluctuating prices of agricultural produce, issues in produce storage and marketing as the greatest constraints faced by farmers of the district. Accordingly, KVK has been promoting group approach to resolve these issues. Self help groups and farmer’s clubs were formed/promoted at different parts of the district. In a latest attempt, KVK is in the process of forming Farmer Producer Companies with financial assistance from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). The NABARD has recognized KVK Ernakulam as Producer Organization Promoting Institution (POPI). Farmer Producer Companies, one on Nutmeg and other on Pokkali are on the anvil. Initial round of discussions, selection of initial members and the Director Board of both the companies completed.
Farmer producer company meeting in progress at CMFRI
Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) farming in small scale cages was demonstrated in a 1 ha granite quarry at Karukutty, Angamaly. During the course of this demonstration, KVK conducted on-farm awareness programs to students, youth and farmers. A harvest mela was conducted on 23rdMarch 2016 to popularize the technology. Karukutty Panchayat President, Shri. Shaju V. Thekkekkara inaugurated the programme. The fish reached 350 gm weight during a period of 6 months recording a survivability of 80 percent.
Shri Shaju V.Thekkekkara, Karukutty Panchayat President inaugurating the GIFT harvest mela
As part of its programmes to promote Self farming for Safe food, the ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Ernakulam of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute is popularizing indigenous fowl-Kadaknath (Karinkozhi) in homesteads of Ernakulam district towards Safe meat and Eggs. Kadaknath poultry native to Jhabhuva district of Madhya Pradesh is known for medicinal properties in its eggs and meat. KVK has earlier proved that it can grow in Kerala climate well. In this connection, KVK organized a Kadaknath sales mela at its sales counter located at CMFRI on 5th April 2016. The day old chicks brought from Central Poultry Development Organization (CPDO), Mumbai were reared for two months under scientific management protocol and with all vaccinations complete were supplied. Total of 450 poultry chicks were distributed to farmers during the programme and around 200 farmers participated in the mela.
Kadaknath sales mela at CMFRI
Subsequent to the growing awareness on the safety of food started with vegetables, concerns are looming large on the reliability of eggs purchased from market. Many of the house wives nowadays produce egg at home by rearing poultry. Most of such home reared poultry are fed with kitchen food waste, whereas layer poultry require certain minerals, salts and vitamins in their feed for producing eggs to its maximum potential and also to maintain size. Those who know this fact supplement the diet with exclusive layer feed available commercially. However purity of such feed again affects the quality of eggs. In this context, as part of its Self farming for safe food programme, the ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute released layer poultry feed in 10 kg packets. Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI released the feed by giving packets to poultry farmers on May 30th, 2016. This feed formulated using feed formulation software of ICAR-Central Avian Research Institute, Bareily, UP is free from antibiotic and other performance enhancers. It can be purchased from the sales counter located at CMFRI, Kochi.
Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI releasing Poultry layer feed by giving to farmers