Farmers FIRST Project- Training Programme



Mushroom Cultivation - Farm based micro enterprise for additional income

Farm based micro enterprises for additional income and resource utilization is one of the key areas of focus in the Farmers FIRST Project area interventions.  Promoting rural youths in agriculture through micro enterprises paves the way for improving their involvement and participation in farming activities. A training programme on Mushroom Cultivation was organized on 16.5.2017 at Pathiyur panchayath for 40 selected participants from 19 wards of the panchayath. The subject was ably handled by Dr. Reeny Mary Zakaria, Assistant professor (SS), Kerala Agricultural University. The sessions included theory as well as practical aspects of the mushroom cultivation.

The topics handled were importance of mushroom in nutritional security, requirements for establishing a unit, cultivation practices, problems in mushroom cultivation and entrepreneurship development of mushroom growers.

The session was followed by practical sessions of bed filling and spawns preparation.

Successful Mushroom farmers Mr. Gopalakrishnan and Mrs. Vrinda shared their experiences on mushroom cultivation, the income potential and need for networking among mushroom growers. This interactive session was well received by the farmers since they could discuss on practical issues and derive confidence from experienced farmers.

Mr. V. Prabhakaran, Panchayath President and other panchayath members attended the programme. The programme was facilitated by Dr. Indhuja S., Dr. Merin Babu.

A follow up session of the interested participants is planned on June after trying the cultivation practices for which mushroom spawn was given.

The training programme culminated at 3 PM.


Fallow land greening through Farmers FIRST Project (FFP)

                 The Farmers FIRST Project of ICAR CPCRI is being implemented at Pathiyoor panchayath for improving their livelihood options and doubling farm income through integrated participatory interventions. As a part of the initiative the fallow lands of the FFP panchayath is being converted for paddy cultivation with the support and leadership of farmer leaders/ people’s representatives and the active involvement of women self help groups (SHGs) members. The interventions sought the attention of public due to its innovative components like introduction of refined paddy seed drill for upland conditions, which was designed and adapted by Mr. Govinda Pillai, retired professor in commerce residing next to the Pathiyoor panchayath. The seed drill was agreed to be women friendly by the participant women farmers and they opined that it enabled 60-70 per cent reduction of labour as well as time required for sowing.

             A field level demonstration programme coordinated by Dr. P.Anithakumari and Mr. Govinda Pillai and sowing was conducted in Ward X of the FFP area on 16.5.2017 at Thattavazhy paddy area. Four women groups were partners of this programme and they are cultivating two varieties-‘Sreyas’ a high yielding variety released by Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) and ‘Navara’ a renowned traditional medicinal rice variety under this project. Mr. V. Prabhakaran, President, Pathiyoor panchayath, Mr. Anandan, Muthukulam Block Panchayath Member and Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, RS, Kayamkulam inaugurated the  sowing and use of  modified seed drill and the field programmes thereafter.

             The sowing operations completed in the area by 20.5.2017, with the active involvement of the women self help groups, farmers and peoples representatives facilitated by Farmers FIRST project interventions.

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