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
Trainees for the programme on Horticultural Mechanization
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