The ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ernakulam of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute conducted a district level awareness programme on PMFBY, new Crop Insurance scheme launched by Union Government. The  awareness programme was inaugurated by  Prof.K.V.Thomas MP Ernakulam at Kottuvaly on 28th June 2016. Smt. K.K.Shantha, President of Kottuvally Grama Panchayath presided over. Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI, Dr.Shinoj Subramannian, Sr.Scientist & Head KVK, Pushparaj Anjelo and ward members participated.

        The PMFBY will have the lowest farmers share of premium till date, the rest of the premium burden even if it is more than 90 percentage will be born by the Government. One season One premium rate for food crops, oil seeds and pulses. The earlier provision of different premium rates for different districts and crops has been scrapped. There will not be any capping on premium rates and as a result, no reduction in sum insured. Inundation has also been included in the list of localized perils for the first time.  Post harvest losses due to cyclone and unseasonal rains in the entire country have also been included for the first time in this scheme. The scheme shall be implemented from the ensuing Kharif 2016 season.

          Comparative risk insurance will be provided to cover yield losses due to fire, lightening, storm, hailstorm, cyclone, tornado, flood, inundation, land sliding, drought, bad weather, crop disease, insects etc. If the insured farmer is prevented from sowing/ transplanting due to adverse weather, despite having incurred expenditure on these activities, they will be able to get claims up to 25% of the sum insured. Crops kept in the field after harvesting would be covered on affected farm basis against the risks of cyclone, unseasonal/cyclonic rain and claims will be assesses and paid accordingly.
          In the new scheme, smart phones shall be used to capture the images of crop cutting experiments and they shall be uploaded on the server, so that the insurance companies can get the yield data at the earliest. This would ensure early settlement of claims. Use of Remote sensing Technology and drones will further reduce the number of crop cutting experiments and for calculation of yield lossess.


Prof.K.V.Thomas MP distributing Vegetable seed kit during the programme


Prof.K.V.Thomas MP Inaugurating the Awareness programme

Demonstrated Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) Farming

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

KVK conducted Kadaknath sales 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

KVK released layer poultry feed for safe egg production

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