Farmer-Scientist Interface programme organized by ICAR-CPCRI RS, Kayamkulam


A Farmer-Scientist interface programme was organized on23-6-2016 at Marari Marketing Company Hall, Kanjikuzhi, Alappuzhaby ICAR-CPCRI Regional Station Kayamkulam to mark  the successful completion of the NABARD funded project on“Community based bio-resource management for sustaining production and livelihood security under coconut based farming systems”. Adv.D.Priyesh Kumar, President, Mararikulam North Grama Panchayat  presided over the function. Smt. Sinimol Soman, President, Kanjikuzhi Block Panchayat inaugurated the meeting and emphasized the need to spread the information and technologies gained through the project to more farmers.

 Dr. (Mrs.) Kalavathi, Project leader and Principal Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI,RS, Kayamkulam presented the project report, explaining in brief about the activities  of the project undertaken viz.,soil test based nutrient  application, bioresource management, production of quality planting materials, intercropping for additional income, need based plant protection and production of organic manures enriched with bioagents. Dr. V. Krishnakumar Head, ICAR-CPCRI RS Kayamkulam, in his keynote address summarized the core message of the project, technologies developed at CPCRI, various projects of ICAR and assured necessary scientific and technical support from the institute to farmers’ groups. Mr. R. Raghunathan Pillai, District Development Manager, NABARD, Alappuzha interacted with the farmers on scheme implementation and the future prospects. 

Soil health cards were distributed to the project beneficiaries for ensuring need based application of nutrients to coconut  and intercrops. Distribution of bioprimed coconut seedlings, Trichoderma enriched organic manure and Trichoderma cake produced by the trained farmers’ groups turned out to be the main highlight of this programme, indicating the establishment of participatory model for sustainable farming as aimed by the project.

Smt. Jayamani, (ADA, Cherthala), Dr. P. Muralidharan (Head, KVK, Alappuzha) and Shri. T.S. Vishwan (Member Secretary, Agro-service center) offered felicitations. This was followed by the interface session in which the project findings, recommendations evolved and future plan were discussed in detail.The farmers’ queries were clarified by the scientific team consisting of  Dr. V.Krishnakumar (Head, CPCRI), Dr. S. Kalavathi (PI and Principal Scientist, CPCRI), Dr. P. Muralidharan (PC, KVK), Dr. Jeena Mathew (Scientist, Soil science), Dr. Merin Babu (Scientist, Plant Pathology) and Dr.Indhuja, S. (Scientist, Agrl. Microbiology).

Dr. Jeena Mathew welcomed the gathering and Shri. K. Kailasan (farmer representative) proposed vote of thanks.

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