With continued awareness on safety of the food, a large number of populations in Kerala have come forward for farming and food production. Most of these activities are being done as a leisure time activity or as hobby. In order to sustainably develop farming and self sufficiency in food production requires strategies to attract more and more youngsters to farming. It is hopeful that many of our schools started giving adequate importance to Agriculture and related activities and many students developed interest towards organic farming. Sustainable approach for future require number of efficient Agricultural technocrats also to assist farmers at various levels.

In order to create awareness on the career opportunities in Agriculture and allied fields like Veterinary, Fisheries, Engineering, Dairy technology, Food technology etc., and also to answer student’s queries  on the farming activities which they undertake at their schools and homes,  the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ernakulam of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi has organized a one day event Sowing agriculture in young minds for 60 selected students from Gifted Students scheme functioning at various schools across Ernakulam district. The programme was held on 28th Saturday at CMFRI. Dr.A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI inaugurated the programme and Dr.Shyam S Salim, Proncipal Scientist conducted a session on Careers in feeding masses-Study and Job opportunities in Agriculture and allied sectors. Shri.F.Pushparaj Anjelo, Shri,Shoji Joy Edison and  Dr.P.A Vikas  interacted with the students.

“We would be conducting a series of programmes under the title Sowing agriculture in young minds with an objective of attracting young generation to farming and Agricultural Science &Technology. Interested educational institutions can talk to KVK @ 8281757450” said Dr.Shinoj Subramannian, Senior Scientist & Head of KVK.

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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.