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.
Launching of KVK Aqua Task Force by Dr.A.GopalaKrishnan, Director ,CMFRI
Release of Handbook on FAQs on Cage culture
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
KVK organized 2 days training on "Organic Vegetable cultivation in Rainshelters" at CMFRI on 25th and 26th May, 2016. Rainy season in Kerala is not ideal for vegetable farming. High incidence of pest and diseases, stunted growth and low yields would be the result when it rains. The heavy precipitation affects pollination also. Hence growing vegetables in Rainshelters is the solution. Rainshelter prevents rain drops falling on plants while ensuring enough sunlight through its UV stabilized roof. The training covered rainshelter construction and organic vegetable farming protocol in rainshelters. Experts from KVK and Kerala Agricultural University took classes during the training programme attended by 49 participants. Exposure visits to best rainshelter farming units were also part of the training.