Mega Kisan Conference held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

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Kasaragod, 8 January: A mega Kisan Conference was held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod on 8th June 2018. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India, inaugurated the Kisan Conference and skill development programmes at 11:00 AM. Earlier the Minister also inaugurated the new building of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, at CPCRI Residential Complex, Chowki, Kasaragod.

The  Hon'ble  Minister expressed his happiness in his visit to the “Land of Coconut trees”. He appreciated the research at ICAR-CPCRI, which aims to make the farmer self-reliant and makes him feel that he is standing on his own feet. He also spoke at length on various schemes of the government such as PMs Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Protsahan Yojana, etc. He informed that so far 9.91 crore soil health cards have been distributed by the government. The Minister made a review of the research achievements of the five research institutes under the ICAR umbrella in Kerala namely, CPCRI, Kasaragod, IISR, Kozhikode, CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, CIFT, Kochi and CMFRI, Kochi, which are supporting the farmers in a holistic way. One of the areas he emphasised upon was that the focus of the  scientific community should be in the field of mechanization of cultivation practices and use of labour saving instruments for harvest and spraying, with special reference to arecanut. He highlighted  the role of government in fixing minimum support prices for crops like  Pepper, Arecanut and Coconut and levying of import duties on Palm Oil, which have helped to stabilize the market.

Shri P. Karunakaran Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Kasaragod presided over the function. In his presidential address, he highlighted the need for value addition of  agricultural produce in order to offset the falling prices of the commodity. He called upon the coconut community to utilize the scientific findings such as neera extraction from coconut palm for enhancing their income.

Shri N. A. Nellikunnu Hon'ble MLA, Kasaragod appreciated the efforts of CPCRI and the KVK in organizing such a programme to bring the farmers and general public in closer interaction so as to achieve higher yield prospects from their farms.

Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture) in his introductory remarks lauded the landmark achievement of CPCRI in the field of coconut research which has brought the productivity of coconut from 5000 per hectare to 13000 per hectare over the years.

A postal stamp to commemorate the 100 years of ICAR-CPCRI was released by Col. S.F.H. Rizvi, Post Master General, Northern Region, Kozhikode.

Various publications, namely, a book on “25 years of ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra – A Journey with the Farmers”, technical bulletins on “Entrepreneur and Farmer Friendly Technologies” in Hindi and “Thengu krishi reethikal” in Malayalam and "Thengu" in Kannada were released during the programme. Micronutrient formulations for coconut “Kalpa Vardhini” and Kalpa Poshak” developed by the institute were released by the Minister.

MoU on “Arecanut tissue culture” for large scale production of dwarf hybrids and yellow leaf disease (YLD) tolerant palms, “Coir pith composting” and “coconut leaf composting” were signed  with Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC)”. Another MoU on Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), Coconut Chips, frozen coconut delicacies and Kalparasa technologies was signed with Madhura Agro, Coimbatore.

Awards were presented to the Best Coconut farmer, Shri Sibi Joseph, Balal, Kasaragod, Kerala, Best Arecanut farmer Shri Rama Kishore, Bantwal, D.K. district, Karnataka and  the Best Cocoa farmer Shri Vishwanatha Rao, Ajjavara, Sullia, D.K. district, Karnataka  by the Hon'ble Minister.

Shri A.G.C. Basheer, President, Kasaragod District Panchayath, Shri A.A. Jaleel, President, Mogral Puthur Panchayath, offered felicitations on the occasion. Smt. K.T. Leena, Project Director, ATMA, Kasaragod also participated in the function.

Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI welcomed the gathering and Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist and General Convenor of the Expo proposed vote of thanks.

The post-lunch programme was KVK-ATMA “Scientist – Farmer Technology Meet  & Interface Programme”, in which many progressive farmers and entrepreneurs participated. Discussion on friendly technologies for enhancing productivity and income were conducted.

The six day Expo with around 150 exhibition stalls on crops, technologies, machinery, animal science, environment and agri-business related aspects are open to public from 10 AM to 7 PM up to 10th January 2018.


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