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KVK conducted Entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) on Soil less media: Production technology and Marketing strategies

In an effort to develop entrepreneurs across the state for the commercial production of the soil-less media, that can be used as an alternative to soil in farming, the KVK  conducted a training programme at CMFRI, Kochi on 8th November 2017. During the programme, technology of the soil-less mix, which was recently developed by the KVK, was transferred to the participants. The mix was a huge hit among the farmers and public at the launch of the product two months ago. The KVK provided entrepreneurship development training to those who expressed willingness to produce the soil-less mix in commercial level. As many as 25 participants from various parts of Kerala attended the training. As part of the entrepreneurship development training, there was demonstration of the mechanized production techniques of the soil-less media and class on marketing strategies. The KVK would provide continuous technology backstopping for those who venture in this enterprise among these trainess. KVK is happy to transfer the technology of the soil-less mix to more people who are really interested in being entrepreneurs in the area. Training and technical support will be given in accordance with the demand for the same from the public. Those interested in the commercial production of the mix may register their names with the KVK at 8281757450.  

A view of the demonstration of the mechanised production techniques of the soil-less media as part of the entrepreneurship development training held at CMFRI 1.jpg

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.