The ICAR- Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ernakulam of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, with funding of National Fisheries development board and with farmer’s participation has developed a network of pearlspot seed production units in the district. Pearlspot being a fish with low fecundity and having habit of parental care; produce less number of seeds. Hatchery production is also not viable. On the other hand, pearlspot is a fish of high demmand in Kerala. Low seed supply is identified as the main reason for less farming and low pearlspot production in the state. This necessitates import of the fish from nearby states; obviously of low quality.
The objective of National Fisheries development board while funding this project is to boost local pearl spot production. Selected farmers were trained on seed production in ponds located in their homesteads and nearby area. The produced seeds are pooled and supplied through KVK. Since individual units are accredited as KVK’s Satellite seed production units, farmers can also sell directly. The customers will get a bill also from farmers. This arrangement is to make the units authentic.
The inauguration was done by Prof. K.V. Thomas MP while Adv. V.D. Satheeshan handed over the KVK accreditation certificates and bill books to farmers. Dr. A Gopalakrishnan Director, CMFRI, Dr. Sreenath Dixith, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bangalore,Dr. Shinoj Subramannian, Head KVK , Dr. Vikas P.A, Subject Matter Specialists were present.
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.