KVKs New Soil-less Medium a Hit among Kochiites


The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s new soil-less medium, that can be used as an alternative to soil in farming, has turned a hit among the Kochiites, receiving a huge response from the public at a sales mela held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Thursday.

Around 1000 city residents visited the mela and purchased nearly 2000 packets of the product. The mela was conducted as part of popularising the new soil-less medium among the public. In addition, prior booking for around 5000 packets of the product also was received from the public at the sales mela.

The Ernakulam KVK, functioning under the CMFRI, developed the soil-less medium by using composted pressmud, a by-product from sugar mills along with coirpith , powdered cowdung, neem cake, dolomite and biocontrol agents.


Around 70 people approached the Business Desk at the mela expressing their willingness to produce the soil-less medium for commercial purpose. They were given assistance by extending technical details regarding investment and raw materials for manufacturing the product.


Huge rush was also experienced at the KVK Sales Counter at CMFRI, which is open on all working days, to purchase the products such as neem oil, neem cake, vegetable seeds, feeds, organic bio-pesticides and organic manure etc.


“We are happy that the product is receiving huge response from the public”, said Dr Shinoj Subramanyan, Head of the KVK. “Many people have approached us to utilise KVK technology for manufacturing the product in commercial purpose. KVK will provide a training programme to them in immediate future”, he added.


“While the scarcity of quality soil posing a challenge to the organic farmers in the city, the new soil-less mix could be of great advantage to them for growing vegetables and other plants. One packet of the product weighing 10 kg could be used for growing one plant and no growbag is required for the same”, he said.  


Considering the growing demand for the product, the KVK would again conduct a mela on 26 this month, he said.


Those interested in adopting the technology of KVK for the large-scale production of the soil-less mix may register their names by making a call to 8281757450.  



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

KVK conducted training on "Organic Vegetable cultivation in Rainshelters"

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.