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.
World soil day address by Shri K J Maxy, MLA, Ernakulam
Shri.K.J.Maxy MLA, Kochi launching Ernakulam KVK drip kit-Irrigateasy
Dr.R.Narayanakumar, Principal Scientist & Head, SEETD CMFRI releasing
KVK Annual calender on Nutmeg 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
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.