A Mega Kisan Conference and an Agri-business Expo – 2018 held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

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A Mega Kisan Conference and an Agri-business Expo – 2018 was held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod in connection with the foundation day of the ICAR-CPCRI, which is in its 101 years of establishment, and the ICAR-KVK, Kasaragod, which is celebrating the 25th year of establishment.

The Agri-business Expo was inaugurated by Shri E. Chandrasekharan, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue, Govt. of Kerala on 5th January, 2018. During the inaugural address, heurged research institutes to introspect if their findings and acquired knowledge are trickling down to the farmers. He highlighted the importance organic agriculture to naturally overcome the major problems caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the past.



Shri E. Chandrasekharan, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue, Govt. of Kerala inaugurating the Agri-business Expo


A mega Kisan Conference was held on 8th January 2018 as a part of the programme, in which Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon'ble Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India, was the chief guest. He inaugurated the Kisan Conference,in which nearly 3000 farmers participated.  He also inaugurated the new building of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Kasaragod.

ShriD.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon'ble Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India inaugurating the Kisan Mela

ShriD.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon'ble Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India inaugurating the new building of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Kasaragod


Hon’ble Union Ministersaid that the agriculture sector contributed to 17% of GDP,and provides employment to 54% of the population.The total allocation for the rural, agriculture, and allied sectors in 2017-18 was Rs. 1,87,223 crores, which was 24% higher than the previous year. He also emphasized that the government has implemented various schemes such as Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, etc. to double the farmer’s by 2022. He said that so far 9.91 crore soil health cards have been distributed by the government. He also appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CPCRI in enhancing the productivity and income of the plantation growers.

The Hon’ble Minister released a commemorative postal stamp to mark  100 years of ICAR-CPCRI in the presence of  Col. S.F.H. Rizvi, Post Master General, Northern Region, Kozhikode.The Hon’ble Minister felicitated three farmers, Shri Sibi Joseph of Balal, Kasaragod (Coconut), Shri Rama Kishore of Karnataka’s Bantwal (arecanut), and Shri Vishwanath Rao of Sullia (cocoa) during the function. MoU on arecanut tissue culture, coir pith composting and coconut leaf composting were exchanged before the Hon’ble Minister with Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC) and Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), coconut chips, frozen coconut delicacies and Kalparasa technologies with Madhura Agro, Coimbatore.

Release of postal stamps


Postal stamp on ICAR-CPCRI Kasaragod

Micronutrient formulations “Kalpa Vardhini” and Kalpa Poshak” for coconut   and publications on “25 years of ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra”, “Entrepreneur and Farmer Friendly Technologies” in Hindi and “Coconut” in Malayalam and Kannada were released by the Union Minister.

Dr. P.Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI, Kasaragod handing over MOU on arecanut tissue culture to Shri Narayanan of Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation Ltd, Coimbatore  in the presence of Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India


Shri P. Karunakaran Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Kasaragod presided over the function. Shri N. A. Nellikunnu Hon'ble MLA, Kasaragod felicitated ICAR-CPCRI and the KVK for organizing such a programme to bring the farmers and general public together and achieve higher prospects.Shri A.G.C. Basheer, President, Kasaragod District Panchayath, Shri A.A. Jaleel, President, Mogral Puthur Panchayath, offered felicitations. Smt. T.R. Ushadevi, Principal Agriculture Officer, Kasaragodwas present.Dr. A.K. Singh mentioned the landmark achievement of ICAR-CPCRI in enhancing productivity of coconut from 5000 nuts per hectare to 13000 per hectare over years.


Concurrent with the expo, the following farmer interface programmes were conducted during six day Agri-business Expo. 

  1.      Seminar on soil and water conservation technologies and integrated soil health management

  2.     Seminar on high value under-utilized fruits

  3.     Training on arecanut based multispecies cropping system and management of root grub using entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) in arecanut

  4.     Seminar on production and processing of cocoa

  5.     Dairying, goat farming, poultry rearing & fisheries for doubling farmers' income

  6.     Workshop on “Bio-suppression of rugose spiraling whitefly” of coconut

  7.      Seminar on crop diversity

  8.     Interface Programme: Start-up Green 2018 - Enabling Agripreneurship

  9.     KVK-ATMA: Farmer-Scientist Interface meeting

  10.      Interface on beekeeping

  11.     Awareness programme on energy conservation and LED bulb assembly

  12.     Seminar on urban and peri-urban horticulture, and

  13.     Interface on value addition to coconut, mango and jackfruits.

A total of 2,600 farmers and other stakeholders actively participated in these interface programmes.

A workshop on “Bio-suppression of rugose spiraling whitefly” of coconut on 6th January 2018 was inaugurated by Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Regional Representative, South and Central Asia, Bioversity International , in which Dr. P. K. Chakrabarty, ADG (Plant Protection), ICAR was also present as guest of honour. Strategies for management  of the invasive rugose spiraling whitefly,has been chalked out, with distribution of technical bulletin and posters in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu to different stakeholders in difeerent coconut growing states. 


The Agri-Business Expo-2018 attracted good participation of exhibitors. Products of diverse nature were exhibited in about 150 stalls. The exhibitors included representatives of ICAR institutes, corporate sector agri business houses and small and medium scale enterprises involved in production of  agri-based value added food materials, farm implements and equipments for irrigation, urban and peri-urban horticulture etc. Overall, the exhibition was visited  by around 10,000 visitors daily, comprising of farmers, entrepreneurs and school students during the six days long event from 5-10, January, 2018, totaling 60,000 visitors.


Glimpses of the Agri-Business Expo 2018

The Valedictory Function of “The Kisan Conference and Agri-Business Expo – 2018” was held at 4 PM on 10th January, 2018 at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod under the chairmanship of Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI. The organizing committee convenor Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI proposed vote of thanks.