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KVK to promote homestead farming towards safe food in all homes Comprehensive training conducted

 

Ernakulam being the most urbanized district in Kerala is short of space for commercial scale farming and it is in this context that the KVK is promoting homestead farming. It ensures safe food in all homes while the excess production can be income source. The KVK through it’s Farm store has been supplying quality farming inputs including vegetable seeds, seedlings, fruit grafts, poultry chicks, fish fingerlings, poultry & fish feed, organic manures, growth enhancers, probiotics, microbial inoculums etc. In order to extend technology backstopping, a comprehensive training on Homestead farming was conducted online on 10th September 2021. Protocol for production of safe to eat fruits, vegetables, egg, meat and fish in homesteads was shared to the participants. Species and breeds suitable for homesteads, farming/rearing method, potting mixture preparation, pond preparation, animal housing, pests, diseases deficiency symptoms, prophylactic measures etc were covered. ​

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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 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.  

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പൊക്കാളി കർഷക കമ്പനിയുടെ ഓഹരികൾ

 

പൊക്കാളി കർഷക കമ്പനിയുടെ ഓഹരികൾ വിൽപ്പനക്ക് 

കൊച്ചിഎറണാകുളം കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രത്തിന്റെ മേൽനോട്ടത്തിൽ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന പൊക്കാളി കർഷക ഉത്പാദക കമ്പനിയുടെ ഓഹരികൾവിൽപനയ്ക്ക് . സ്വന്തമായി പൊക്കാളി പാടമുള്ളവർക്ക് മാത്രമാണ് ഓഹരികൾ നൽകുകആയിരം രൂപയാണ് ഒരു ഓഹരിയുടെ മൂല്യം.പൊക്കാളി നെൽ-മത്സ്യ കൃഷിയിലൂടെയും അനുബന്ധ വാണിജ്യ സംരംഭങ്ങളിലൂടെയും കമ്പനിക്ക് ലഭിക്കുന്ന ലാഭവിഹിതം ഓഹരിപങ്കാളികൾക്ക് ലഭിക്കുംകൃഷിയിറക്കുന്നതും ഉത്പന്നങ്ങൾ വിറ്റഴിക്കുന്നതും മറ്റും കൂട്ടായി ചെയ്യുക വഴി കൃഷിച്ചിലവ് കുറച്ച് ഉലപന്നങ്ങൾക്കുകൂടുതൽ വില ലഭ്യമാക്കുവാനും കഴിയും.

 നബാർഡിന്റെ സാമ്പത്തിക സഹായത്തോടെയാണ് സിഎംഎഫ്ആർഐക്ക് കീഴിൽ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന എറണാകുളം കെവികെ പൊക്കാളി കർഷകഉത്പാദക കമ്പനി രെജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്തത്. രാജ്യത്ത് 2000 കർഷക ഉൽപാദന കമ്പനികൾ സ്ഥാപിക്കുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായായിരുന്നു ഇത്. കമ്പനിതുടങ്ങുന്നതിനും ആദ്യത്തെ മൂന്ന് വർഷത്തെ നടത്തിപ്പിനുമാണ് കെവികെ കർഷകരെ സഹായിക്കുന്നത്. തുടർന്ന് കർഷകർ തന്നെ കമ്പനിപ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളുമായി മുന്നോട്ടു പോകേണ്ടതാണ്. ലാഭവിഹിതം  പൂർണമായും കമ്പനിനിയിൽ ഓഹരിയുള്ളവർക്ക് ലഭിക്കും.

 അഞ്ഞൂറ് ഓഹരികളാണ് കമ്പനിക്കുള്ളത്. നിലവിൽ കമ്പനിയിൽ 10 ഡയറക്ടർ ബോർഡ് അംഗങ്ങളുണ്ട്. കൂടാതെ 130 ഓഹരികളുള്ള അമ്പതോളംപേരും കമ്പനിയുടെ ഭാഗമാണ്. എല്ലാവരും പൊക്കാളി കർഷകരാണ്. ബാക്കി വരുന്ന ഓഹരികളാണ് ഇപ്പോൾ ലഭ്യമാക്കുന്നത്.

 പൊക്കാളി കർഷകരുടെ വരുമാനം വർദ്ധിപ്പിക്കുവാനുതകുന്ന പൊക്കാളി നെൽ -ചെമ്മീൻ കൃഷി നടത്തിപ്പ്, വിപണനം, മത്സ്യക്കുഞ്ഞുങ്ങൾ,മത്സ്യത്തീറ്റ, വളങ്ങൾ തുടങ്ങിയവയുടെ വിപണനം തുടങ്ങി വിവിധ  വാണിജ്യ സംരംഭങ്ങൾ ജില്ലയിലെ പൊക്കാളി കർഷകർ ഒന്നിച്ച് ചേർന്ന്നടത്തുകയാണ് കമ്പനിയുടെ പ്രധാന ലക്ഷ്യം. തുടക്കത്തിൽ തന്നെ മത്സ്യത്തീറ്റ വിപണന കേന്ദ്രം നടത്തുവാനാണ് തീരുമാനം. കമ്പനിയിൽഅംഗങ്ങളായ കർഷകർക്ക് മത്സ്യത്തീറ്റ കുറഞ്ഞ വിലയിൽ ലഭ്യമാക്കുവാൻ കഴിയുന്നതോടൊപ്പം തുടർ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങൾക്കു മൂലധനംസ്വരൂപിക്കുകയുമാണ് ലക്ഷ്യം. പൊക്കാളി ഉൽപ്പന്നങ്ങൾ ബ്രാൻഡ് ചെയ്ത് വിപണിയിലെത്തിക്കുകയാണ് കമ്പനിയുടെ അടുത്ത ലക്ഷ്യം.

 ഓഹരി വാങ്ങാൻ താല്പര്യമുള്ള കർഷകർ കെ വി കെ യുടെ 8281757450  എന്ന നമ്പറിൽ വിളിച്ചു രജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്താൽ അതാത് പ്രദേശങ്ങളിലെചുമതലപെടുത്തിയിട്ടുള്ള കർഷക പ്രതിനിധികൾ വഴി തുടർ നടപടികൾ സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നതാണ്.

KVK launches farm service centre to support farmers

KVK launches farm service centre to support farmers

 

In an effort to combat shortage of skilled labour for farming activities in the district, the Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has launched a farm service centre equipped with a wide range of farm machineries and equipments to offer paid services in all kinds of farm initiatives. Aqua, animal and agri farmers of Ernakulam district can avail the facility.

 

The centre will offer all kinds of farm supports to the farmers using the machineries such as tractors, power tiller, power weeder, different types of ploughs, rotavators, earth augers, motorized and hand operated sprayers, paddy transplanter, agro waste shredder, slurry pump, water pump etc. In addition, scientific advisories will be provided during the farm visits.

 

Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI  inaugurated the functioning of the farm service centre on 3rd june 2019. The new initiative from the KVK will be beneficial to hundreds of farmers in the district who are struggling owing to the shortage of technically trained labourers. The farm service centre has been set up with a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs under a project of the Union government to popularise the mechanised farming. Presently, trained staff of the KVK will provide the technical services such as land preparation, pond preparation, fish cage fabrication, ploughing and so on. Self-help groups will be formed in the future to make available the farm services to large-scale farmers in future. More equipments and machinery will be added soon.

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Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI inaugurating the farm service centre.


KARIMEEN -PEARL SPOT- SEED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY: TRAINING CONDUCTED

KARIMEEN -PEARL SPOT- SEED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY: TRAINING CONDUCTED 

 

KVK conducted two days training programme on Karimeen (Pearl spot) seed production technology on 29th to 30th August 2019.  The programme covered pond preparation, brook stock selection, breeding, feeding, seed collection, packing and transportation and experience sharing by previously trained farmers. Two seed production farms were visited and ineracted  with farmers. 
With conduct of this training programme, KVK is developing skils and enhance local production to meet the ever increasing demand of pearlspot seeds.  KVK is currently marketing Pearlspot seeds produced by similarly trained farmers from previous batches. This arrangement also enhances their income. 
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Pearlspot (Karimeen) seeds ready for sale

Pearlspot (Karimeen) seeds ready for sale
The ICAR-KVK Ernakulam of CMFRI is supplying good quality Pearl spot (Karimeen) seeds through its sales counter at CMFRI, located near High Court junction by the side of Goshree Road, Kochi, Kerala. The fingerings of size 3cm cm are supplied in oxygen filled packets each containing 50 numbers. Since Pearlspot grows in both brackish water and fresh water, fingerlings acclimatized to both conditions are available. One packet costs Rs.575/-. Booking can be done on all working days between 9.30 am to 4.30 pm at KVKs sales counter by paying total amount or by making online money transfer to KVKs bank account 34400988082, IFSC SBIN0016860. Those who book online need to inform  remittance details and packet type (Brackish water/fresh water) to 8281757450 and also bring the receipt while collecting seed packets. Seeds can be collected from KVK Salescounter on every month first Thursday at 11.00 am.  Please contact above number for further information.

കൃഷി രഥ്

 

കോവിഡ് പ്രതിസന്ധിക്കിടെ കാര്ഷികോല്പന്നങ്ങൾ എളുപ്പത്തിൽ വിപണിയിലെത്തിക്കാൻ കൃഷി രഥ് ആപ്പുമായി കേന്ദ്ര സർക്കാർ  
    
കോവിഡ് കാലത്ത് കർഷകരുടെ ഉൽപന്നങ്ങൾ  തടസങ്ങൾ ഇല്ലാതെ വിപണിയിൽ എത്തിക്കാൻ കൃഷി രഥ് ആപ്പുമായി കേന്ദ്ര കൃഷി, കർഷകക്ഷേമ മന്ത്രാലയം. ആപ്പ് മലയാളത്തിലും ലഭ്യമാണ്. വിൽക്കാനുള്ള കാർഷിക ഉൽപന്നവും എത്രയുണ്ടെന്നതും ആപ് വഴി രേഖപ്പെടുത്തിയാൽ ലഭ്യമായിട്ടുള്ള ട്രക്കുടമകളുടെ  വിവരം കർഷകർക്ക് ലഭ്യമാവുകയും തുടർന്ന് അവരുമായി നേരിട്ട് സംസാരിച്ച് വിപണിയിലെത്തിക്കാനുള്ള കൂലി ഉറപ്പിച്ച ശേഷം വാഹനം ലഭ്യമാക്കുകയും ചെയ്യാവുന്നതാണ്. ഇത്തരത്തിൽ കോവിഡ് പ്രതിസന്ധിയ്ക്കിടെ കാർഷിക ഉത്പന്നങ്ങൾ വിപണിയിൽ എത്തിക്കാൻ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുന്ന കർഷകർ ഈ ആപ് ഡൌൺലോഡ് ചെയ്തു പരമാവധി പ്രയോജനപെടുത്തുക .

 

ഫാംസ് ആപ്പ്

കാർഷിക യന്ത്രങ്ങൾ വാടകയ്‌ക്കെടുക്കാൻ ഫാംസ് ആപ്പുമായി കേന്ദ്ര സർക്കാർ 
കാർഷിക യന്ത്രങ്ങൾ വാടകയ്‌ക്കെടുക്കുന്നത് സുഗമമാക്കുന്നതിനായി ഫാംസ് ആപ്പുമായി കേന്ദ്ര സർക്കാർ. കർഷകർക്ക് ഗൂഗിൾ പ്ലെയ്സ്റ്റോറിൽ നിന്നും മൊബൈൽ ഫോണിൽ ഫാംസ് ആപ്പ് ഡൌൺലോഡ് ചെയ്യാവുന്നതാണ്. ഈ ആപ്പ് ഉപയോഗിച്ചാൽ  ആവശ്യമുള്ള കാർഷിക ഉപകരണങ്ങൾ 200 കിലോമീറ്റർ ചുറ്റളവീലുള്ള  വാടകയ്ക്ക് ലഭ്യമാക്കുന്ന കസ്റ്റം ഹയറിങ് കേന്ദ്രങ്ങളിൽ നിന്നും നേരിട്ട് ഓർഡർ ചെയ്യാവുന്നതാണ്.  മലയാളത്തിലും ഇംഗ്ലീഷിലും സേവനങ്ങൾ ലഭ്യമാണ്. കോവിഡ് സാഹചര്യത്തിൽ തൊഴിലാളി ക്ഷാമം നേരിടുന്ന കർഷകർക്ക് പരമാവധി സഹായകരമാക്കാനാണ് ഈ ആപ്പിന്റെ ഉപയോഗം പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കുക വഴി സർക്കാർ ലക്ഷ്യമിടുന്നത്. കർഷകർ ഈ ആപ്പ് ഡൌൺലോഡ് ചെയ്ത് പരമാവധി പ്രയോജനപ്പെടുത്തുക.

KVK celebrated World environment day 2021

ICAR KVK Ernakulam celebrated World environment day on 5th June 2021 by planting fruit tree saplings at Buds Special School, Krumaloor, ErnakulamDr.P.A.Vikas, Subject matter specialist planted saplings at the school campus. KVK has been involved in various programmes distributing plant saplings to school students in Ernakulam district towards developing awareness among youngsters on farming and environmental protection. The KVK is also supplying quality tree saplings round the year through its Farm store located at CMFRI, Kochi.
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Fruit tree planting at Buds Special School, Krumaloor, Ernakulam

 

NATIONAL GOPAL RATNA AWARDS 2021

NATIONAL GOPAL RATNA AWARDS 2021

Indigenous bovine breeds of India possess the genetic potential to play crucial role in the national economy. Their population has been declining and their performance is below the potential at present. Under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the guidance of Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, “Rashtriya Gokul Mission”, a new initiative under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development was launched in December 2014 for the first time in the country, with a view to conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds. In order to motivate farmers for rearing of indigenous breeds which are registered by National Bureau of Animal Genetics and breeding, Karnal and increase population of indigenous breeds along with their production and productivity, “Gopal Ratna’ Awards was constitutes to Farmers maintaining the best herd of Indigenous Breed(s) and practicing best management practices. Hon’ble Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal husbandry and dairying , Shri Giriraj Singh launched the awards for thisd year on the occasion of World Milk day celebration on June 1st , 2021. The award has three categories;

  1. Best Dairy farmer
  2. Best Artificial Insemination Technician (AIT)
  3. Best Dairy Cooperative/Milk producer company/FPO

The eligible farmers/dairy cooperative societies/AI technicians can apply for the award online and portal for award will open from 15th July, 2021 upto 15th September 2021. The winners will be announced on 31st October, 2021. Click here to download guidelines .

Entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) on Sea fish Extract production, branding and marketing

 

Entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) on Sea fish Extract production, branding and marketing
ICAR-KVK Ernakulam conducted EDP on “Sea fish extract production, branding and marketing” in a phased manner during January to June 2021. The programme included raw material procurement, extract preparation, filtration, packing, labelling and marketing. The sea fish extract is used widely by farmers as organic crop growth enhancer and fish pond blooming agent.  The KVK also assist the trainees on advertising and marketing. 
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National fish farmers day 2021

National fish farmer’s day 2021

 FACEBOOK LIVE INTERFACE

 PROSPECTS OF CAGE FISH FARMING IN KERALA

Subject matter specialist

Dr.Vikas P.A, ICAR- KVK (Ernakulam), CMFRI

 10th July 2021, Saturday

11.00 AM to 12.00 PM

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KVK ORGANIZED TREE PLANTATION DRIVE

During the occasion of ICAR FOUNDATION DAY, the KVK Ernakulam conducted a Mangrove afforestation programme on 16th July 2021 at Karumalloor, Ernakulam, Kerala. Mangrove species Rhizophora mucronata, Bruguiera gymnorhiza and Bruguiera plant cylindrica planted along the bunds of brackish water fish ponds. The Mangroves acts as biological defence mechanism against bund erosion and provide habitat for the fish. Karumalloor grama panchayath vice president Mr. George Menachery inaugurated the planting programme. Dr. P.A Vikas SMS (Fisheries) delivered a talk on the importance of mangrove and its significance in eco-restoration and sustainable fish production. KVKs partner fish seed producing farmers of Karumalloor participated. 

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Talk on Digital Agriculture organized for FPOs

 

The KVK organized a talk on usage of Integrated Digital Enterprise for Agriculture for Farmer producer companies on 13th August 2021. Two FPOs being nurtured by the KVK viz., M/s Pokkali Farmer producer company limited and M/s Periyar Valley Spices Farmer producer company limited participated. Smt. Riya Mathew, Associate process leader trainee, Nslhub Hyderabad delivered the lead talk. Company director board members, CEOs and Subject matter specialists of the KVK participated.​

Giant African snails invading Ernakulam farms: KVK with control strategies

 

The giant african snail have been causing menace to the farmers of ernakulam district on cassava, elephant foot yam , banana, papaya, colocasia, okra, brinjal, cucurbits and tree species like teak and mahogany. Approximately 75 ha area has been infested. The KVK has come up with widespread campaign on control measures like application of common salt, tobacco decoction- copper sulphate mixture and wheat flour- yeast- jaggery- copper sulphate poison balls. A facebook live programme was conducted on control measures has recorded a viewership of 12,000 and farmers have appreeciated the efforts of KVK. 
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KVK Ernakulam organized webinar on Food and Nutrition for Farmers

As part of the Azadi ka Amrit mahotsav programme of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the KVK Ernakulam has conducted a webinar on “Food and nutrition for rural house holds” on 27.08.2021.  Smt.P. Sreeletha, Subject matter specialist (Home science) gave the lead talk. She emphasized on healthy food, food adulteration and safe living during the course of the programme.  Farmers and officials participated.​

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KVK conducted Fertilizer awareness campaign

Balanced use of fertilizers is important to maintain optimum soil health and reap a rich harvest from crops. The Ernakulam KVK has conducted online Fertilizer awareness campaign on 18th June 2021. The participants were educated on importance of soil test based fertilizer application. The method of soil sample collection and sample preparation for analysis were also demonstrated. 
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MINI FRUIT ORCHARDS IN EACH HOME PROGRAMME COMMENCED UNDER SCSP SUB PLAN

MINI FRUIT ORCHARDS IN EACH HOME PROGRAMME COMMENCED UNDER SCSP SUB PLAN

With a view to promote nutritional security in scheduled caste households , a scheme titled ഓരോ വീട്ടിലും ഒരു പഴത്തോട്ടം  (FRUIT ORCHARDS IN EACH HOME) was commenced by KVK Ernakulam at Alengad and Karumalloor grama panchayats. The scheme funded by the SCSP sub plan of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Bengaluru  comprises of supplying fruit plants, organic manure and soil ameliorants, training the beneficiaries and technology backstopping.   The distribution was inaugurated at Alengad on 18th August, 2021 at 11.00 AM by Panchayath president Mr.Abdul Manaf and at Karumalloor by panchayath President Sreelatha Lalu at 2 PM . The beneficiaries were trained on scientific method of planting and management. Hundered farmers participated from both the panchayaths. The Alengad and Karumalloor panchayaths were earlier selected by KVK to demontrated various techynologies to enhance farmers income as part of the Doubling farmers income by 2021 programme of Government of India

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വീട്ടുവളപ്പിലെ കൃഷി

വീട്ടുവളപ്പിലെ കൃഷി ( കൃഷി🎋🌿 , മൃഗസംരക്ഷണം🐄🐑🐖🦆🐥, മത്സ്യകൃഷി 🦈🐬ഏകോപിപ്പിച്ചുള്ള പരിശീലന പരിപാടി )'സ്വന്തം കൃഷി, സുരക്ഷിത ഭക്ഷണം' എന്ന ലക്ഷ്യത്തോടെ എറണാകുളം   കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രം സെപ്റ്റംബർ 10 വെള്ളിയാഴ്ച രാവിലെ 10.30 മുതൽ 12.30 വരെ ' വീട്ടുവളപ്പിലെ കൃഷി ' എന്ന വിഷയത്തിൽ നടത്തുന്ന  ഓൺലൈൻ ഗൂഗിൾ മീറ്റ്  പരിശീലനത്തിൽ പങ്കെടുക്കുവാനായി  ഏവരെയും ഹാർദ്ദവമായി സ്വാഗതം ചെയ്യുന്നു. സ്വന്ത ആവശ്യത്തിനായി വിഷരഹിത പഴം, പച്ചക്കറി, മുട്ട , മാംസം, പാൽ, മത്സ്യം  എന്നിവയുടെ വീട്ടുവളപ്പിലെ ഉത്പ്പാദന സാദ്ധ്യതകളെപ്പറ്റി  പറ്റി എറണാകുളം  കൃഷി വിജ്ഞാന കേന്ദ്രത്തിലെ വിദഗ്ധർ നയിക്കുന്ന ക്‌ളാസ്സിൽ ആദ്യം ലോഗിൻ ചെയ്യുന്ന 100 പേർക്കായിരിക്കും പങ്കെടുക്കുവാൻ സാധിക്കുന്നത്.  meet.google.com/zio-qurc-ael എന്ന ഗൂഗിൾ മീറ്റ്  ലിങ്ക് ഉപയോഗിച്ച് പരിശീലനത്തിൽ പങ്കെടുക്കാം.

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KVK to organize Poshan vatika maha abhiyan and tree plantation

 

KVK Ernakulam has organized campaign entitled "Poshan vatika maha abhiyan & Tree plantation" on 17th September 2021 at Block panchayath office, North Paravur in collaboration with Indian Farmers fertilizer cooperative (IFFCO). The programme was conducted to mark the importance of Nutrition, nutrition garden and planting trees in homesteads. Adolescent girls were special invitees. The Block development officer (North Paravur) Smt. V.M. Laila welcomed the august gathering and North paravur Block Standing committee chairperson (development) Smt. Babitha Dileep Kumar presided over. Inauguration and  supply of planting materials were done by Block panchayath president Smt.Simna Santhosh. Good quality Red Lady papaya saplings, Vegetable seeds and seedlings were provided to the participants and invitees. The session on "Management of nutrigarden in homesteads" was conducted by Shri.Shoji Joy Edison, Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) and the topic "Importance of millets in human diet" was conducted by Smt.Sreeletha P, Subject Matter Specialist (Home science). An exhibition on millet varieties was also conducted commemorating the international year of millets. The exhibition created curiosity and interest among the participants. Millet based preparations were also provided to the participating girls and farmers. Tree plantation has been done with 250 Numbers of mangroves in the KVK campus on the same day. 
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KVK and Amritha Institute of Health Sciences, Kochi jointly celebrated Poshan Mah 2021

 

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ernakulam and Department of clinical nutrition, Amritha Institute of Health Sciences (AIHS) jointly conducted webinar on "Homestead nutrition gardens to fight malnutrition" on 18.09.2021 as part of Poshan Maah, 2021 celebrations. The webinar covered two topics, viz.,  "The ill effects of pesticides on nutritional outcome" by Smt.Sreelakshmi S, Asst Professor, Department of clinical nutrition, AIHS and "Management of nutrition garden in homesteads" by Shri. Shoji Joy Edison, Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) of KVK Ernakulam. Students, faculty members and farmers participated. 
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Live webcast of the Prime Minister's programme conducted

The KVK organized live webcast of the Prime Ministers programme on dedication of 35 crop varieties to the Nation  and Farmers interface on 28th September 2021 at KVK. Mr. Sajeesh M.M, Member, Narakkal Grama Panchayath was the chief guest.  The webcast was followed by a farmer scientist interface wherein Dr. Vikas P.A SMS (Fisheries), Dr.P Sreeletha SMS (Homescience) and Dr.Smitha Sivadasan SMS (Animal Husbandary) interacted with farmers. 

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Cool season vegetable cultivation getting popular in homesteads of Ernakulam district

Cultivation of exotic cool season vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrot, Beetroot, Radish, Onion etc.  is getting popular in the homesteads of Ernkaulam district with the technology backstopping of KVK during the last 8 years. To awaken the interest among housewives and farmers to plant cool season vegetables at the right time,  an online training was conducted on 13th October, 2021. The training covered all aspects of production including seedling production,varietal selection, pest and disease management.  The training was attended by 136 farmers. KVK is also making efforts to supply seedlings produced at its Satellite Production Centres.

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Skill up-gradation in cage fish farming: Exclusive programme conducted for women fish farmers of Ernakulam


The KVK Ernakulam conducted a Skill upgradation in cage culture exclusively for women fish farmers of Ernakulam district on the occasion of Mahila Kisan Diwas on 15th October 2021.  The cage culture is getting popular among the women farmer groups in the district as an income generating activity. The skill upgradation programme was designed by the KVK to impart advanced skills towards enhancing production and also to impart marketing skills among the women farmers towards sustainable and profitable farming. The women self help group Henok located near Thuruthipuram in Ernakulam is identified as the torch bearer to spread the technology among more women groups in the district. Dr.P.A Vikas, SMS (Fisheries) conducted the skill upgradation programme. Smt.Shilja Jenson, Fisheries promoter participated in the programme and addressed the gathering. ​

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