Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav-Kayamkulam

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ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute

Regional Station, Kayamkulam– 690 533

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(October-December 2016)

Introduction

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(MGMG) programme has been operational in full swing at this Regional Station, in which scientists regularly visit the assigned village and translate all the latest technologies at the doorstep of the farming community. Farmers are enthusiastic and receive the ICAR-CPCRI scientists wholeheartedly to get farming-related grievances addressed. Issues pertaining to agriculture, horticulture, dairy, fisheries, poultry and other allied farming enterprises are also attended during the regular visits. National priorities such as soil and water conservation, secondary agriculture, mechanization, climate change are also taken care off. Progressive and enthusiastic farmers are taken to the Laboratories and Experimental Fields of the Regional Station and empowered on the technological updates for inclusive farming. Marketing ease and credit flow are ensured during the demonetization phase so that farming operations are not affected and farmers fetch maximum price for the produces.

 

Salient outcome

1)      With deficit in monsoon showers to the tune of >40%, farmers are advised to tackle the moisture stress situation by following effective soil and water conservation measures by husk burial in palm basin, mulching of coconut leaflets, digging out small water collection points in the field  and need based irrigation measures. 

 

2)     Emergence of rugose spiraling whitefly, Aleurodicus rugioperculatus in isolated gardens is adequately sensitized. Conservation of aphelinid parasitoid,  Encarsia sp., placing of yellow sticky traps in the gardens and delivery of jet water spray on infested palms were suggested as remedial measures. Farmers are empowered not to spray any insecticide to manage the pest as it could kill all the natural enemies in the system.

 

3)     Disease free and super mother palms (WCT) were selected in Bharanikavau panchayat for the decentralized production of coconut seedlings so that the entire panchayat will be provided with healthy and disease free planting materials in the root (wilt) disease prone tracts.

 

4)     Red palm weevil infestation is a hidden villain in coconut palm and farmers are empowered to go for systematic scouting, maintenance of farm and palm hygiene and application of imidacloprid (0.02%). Effective diagnosis of infested palms was trained in kisan gostis. Leaf rot management through application of hexaconazole was highlighted in all training programme so that the palm health is improved through effective enhancement in photosynthesis.  

 

5)     In a perennial coconut based system, intercropping (vegetables, spices tuber crops) is encouraged for effective utilization of resources, space, time and income. A crop-habitat diversification for  pest regression in tune with the approach on “An Inch of land with Bunch of crops” was emphasized.

 

6)     In the secondary agriculture sector, fish processing was practically demonstrated in coastal villages for income generation and effective packaging.

7)    Literatures on updated technologies were provided to all farming community to practice scientific farming and make farming remunerative.

 

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(September 2016)

Monthly report

The activities for the period are highly focused on the organization of the National Meet on Prospects of Coconut Sector and Kisan Mela 2016 arranged as part of glorious 100 years of coconut research during September 29-30, 2016. Shri Radha Mohan Singh Ji, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the meet attended by over 3500 farmers. Sri. V.V. Sunil Kumar, Hon’ble Minster of Agriculture Development and Farmer’s welfare Govt of Kerala graced the occasion along with other dignitaries from the Department. E-Kalpa a digital initiative was launched on the occasion. Mobile based app for technology delivery, raising farmer’s field problems and suggestions of remedial measure by scientist and real time data recording are the hallmark of the E-Kalpa. MGMG farmers are empowered in the use of E-Kalpa through their mobile. Two neera based coconut product (kalpa krunch and Kalpa sugar) were released on the occasion besides some technical books and bulletins. A grand exhibition was organized in which various stakeholders of the State displayed their latest technologies for the benefit of the farming community. All the farmers in MGMG participated in the programme and made the event a grand success. A farmer-scientist interface was also held on 29-09-2016 in which farmer’s queries were answered by expert Scientists. Superiority of virgin coconut oil and greater emphasis on system pluralization and value addition were highlighted in the discussion meeting. A continuous income and employment could be accomplished under system diversification and better market price would become a reality when value addition for coconut is given greater impetus. Importance of good planting material, adoption of good agricultural practices including and innovative pest management technology were outlined. 

Name of the centre

No. of scientists

No. of villages

Kisan gosthi/training/ field days

Mobile advisory

No. of programmes

No of farmers benefitted

No. of advisories

No of farmers benefitted

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam

13

16

1

3500

194

194

 

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(August 2016)

Monthly report

Social and resource mapping was undertaken at Bharanikavau village unit for effective technology intervention. Selection of healthy and disease-free mother palm were conducted through farmer-participatory mode in the villages for collection of nuts in connection with the decentralized coconut seedling production. Farmers were empowered on the ideal qualities of good mother palm and geo-tagging was attempted. In addition, efforts have been made for the adoption of good agricultural practices in the village so that farm produces could be certified with a quality tag. Such produces are well received in the market. The problems in high-tech farming were enlisted and suitable remedial measures were provided to relevant farmers. As part of organic promotion, Trichoderma fortified bio-suppressive compost was produced in Cherthala village unit and vegetable raised in the compost outsmarted traditional practices. Keeping in mind the profitability for farmers, capacity building programmes on value addition of coconut and jack fruit were organized. A sincere intervention on product diversification of coconut would influence the price factor, which at present is not encouraging for the benefit of farmers. Weather-induced outbreak of pest and diseases were outlined in Kisan goshtis and effective measures to tackle such sporadic outbreaks were charted out and farmers suitably empowered to mitigate such issues. Some major production issues in the villages such as pest and disease outbreak and nutritional disorders were correctly identified and suitable recommendations were suggested by all team members. A good linkage between farmer-scientist is accomplished in all villages and ICAR-CPCRI technologies are translated at faster rate in farmer’s field.

 

Name of the centre

No. of scientists

No. of villages

Kisan gosthi/training/ field days

Mobile advisory

No. of programmes

No of farmers benefitted

No. of advisories

No of farmers benefitted

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam

13

16

4

95

174

174

 

Panchayat President inaugurating PRA
at Bharanikavu on 08-08-2016         
   Mother palm selection  and interaction with farmer
Resource and social mapping of the village

Field visit and on site empowerment of farmer 

     Intercropping of banana in coconut garden for continuous income and employment at Koipally Karaima 

July 2016

1. Introduction

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(MGMG) is a unique flagship programme wherein farm scientists adopt particular village and empower the entire farming community of the village with all innovative technologies and addressing the problems encountered by the farmers at the village level. It is not about farming alone which also encompasses animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry and other allied sectors making the farmer self-sustainable. Any difficulties faced by the farmers will be tackled by the farm scientist concerned seeking help from other agencies.  In the process of delivering technology, national priorities such as secondary agriculture, climate change and pulse production will be infused. At Kayamkulam, three teams under the leadership of Dr. S. Kalavathi, Principal Scientist (Ag. Extension), Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist (Ag. Entomology) and Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist (Ag. Extension) with sixteen adopted villages are functioning for the benefit of farming community.  

2. Brief write up about the activities

All the three teams work cohesively conducting routine kisan goshtis, diagnostic field visits, mobile-based advisories, knowledge facilitation and literature disbursal in a systematic and perfect manner. In order to decentralize coconut seedling production in disease –prone area, high-yielding and disease free mother palms were selected with the help of farmers so as to ensure availability of quality seedlings for all farmers in the village. Emphasis was also given for the production of value-added products using Jack fruit and sale in all community-linked programmes in the village. To make MGMG activities more visible, a farmer-scientist interface was organized at the Regional Station in which 62 farmers from three mega villages (Chettikulangara, Kandalloor & Bharanikavu) participated. The programme was inaugurated by Sri K.C. Venugopal, Hon’ble MP, Alappuzha. Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, presided over the function. Organic manure fortified with Trichoderma spp. was well received by farmers on account of its beneficial impact on crop production. Pest and disease management in palms and vegetables were effectively addressed by the scientists concerned. Routine diagnostic surveys were undertaken by the team members and farm problems were effectively diagnosed and remedial measures were suggested on the spot for the solving the farm-related problems. Key issues on coconut such as red palm weevil damage, leaf rot, boron deficiency, emergence of sucking pests, closer planting of palms were discussed elaborately in all kisan goshtis. Farmers now feel the visit of scientist as a family doctor inspecting the health of the family members.

3. MGMG summary

 

Name of the centre

No. of scientists

No. of villages

Kisan gosthi/training/ field days

Mobile advisory

No. of programmes

No of farmers benefitted

No. of advisories

No of farmers benefitted

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam

13

16

15

256

157

 

 

174

 

  Diagnostic field visit highlighting closer spacing 
Diagnostic field visit in Bharanikavu Leaf rot management

 Preparation of jack based value added products

 

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(April-June 2016)

Introduction

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(MGMG) is a unique flagship programme envisaged to deliver new and innovative farm technologies by scientific community towards the welfare of farming community. It is all about scientists visiting the adopted village regularly and address all farm problems at his/her doorstep. In this mission knowledge is translated at farmer’s access and general confidence level of a farmer gets enhanced in terms of any eventuality encountered in farming operations. The mission encompasses all agricultural enterprises including farming, dairy, fisheries, poultry, honey bee, sericulture etc and other farm-related enterprises ensuing continuous employment and income. The scientist adopting the village should extend all possible support and patronage to the farming community in all farming activities involved by the farmer cutting across all disciplines. Lack of expertise in any activities could be linked with other departments and the problems encountered by the farmer should be taken care from all aspects. When the confidence level of farmers enhances through rapport with scientific experts, he gets intensely motivated to take up farming with full involvement and commitment for ensuring livelihood sustainability. There has been tremendous improvement in the mental attitude of farmers firstly in receiving the scientific community into their village and secondly sharing the farming wisdom for the upliftment of farmers. Convergence of all stakeholders for the welfare of farming community is thus ensured in the hamlet. During the course of interaction, national priorities should be pipelined at the village grass root level to understand locally for acting at global level. Secondary agriculture, climate change and soil and water conservation technologies are being trumpeted in each session, so that national issues are peeped into the local farmers to understand the national issues and act judiciously. Marketing strategies and credit flow through public sectors will be tuitioned to farmers for better disposal of produces and obtaining credit at low interest rate. At Kayamkulam, three teams under the leadership of Dr. S. Kalavathi, Principal Scientist (Ag. Extension), Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist (Ag. Entomology) and Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist (Ag. Extension) with sixteen adopted villages are functioning for the benefit of farming community.   

Salient accomplishments

  •  All teams have developed good rapport with the village and contact persons were identified for field level implementation of various programmes including skill up-gradation.
  •  One of the main problems faced by the farmers in the respective villages is that the soil has become very acidic by excess rainfall and therefore application for dolomite @ 1 kg / palm is recommended to tide over this problem. Application of dolomite has considerably increased the production potential of coconut and other crops in the locality.  Soil-test based nutrient recommendation is the hall mark of farming invariably practiced by all teams.
  •  Each group has conducted skill up-gradation programmes by inviting farmers from the villages to the Regional Station and imparted hands-on training to enhance confidence level among the famers. Some of the training programmes imparted are vermicomposting technology using Eudrillus sp., pest diagnosis and management strategies, mass production of bioagents such as Trichoderma harzianum, production of bioprimed seedlings, value-addition in coconut etc.
  •  Incidence of red palm weevil with crown toppling symptoms, leaf rot infection, high-density planting with light deficit, inadequate knowledge in tackling farm-problems, low price for produce  were recorded as some of the issues hindering successful crop production. Remedial measures such as sustained monitoring, spot application of imidacloprid (1 ml / litre) for the management of red palm weevil, crowing pouring of hexaconazole (2 ml in 300 ml water) for suppressing leaf rot, planting crops with required spacing, acquainting technical knowledge from nearby krishi bhavan, research institutes and sale of produces through farmer’s cooperatives/markets were suggested.
  • Coconut varieties / hybrids (Kalpasree, Kalparaksha & Kalpasankara) that are resistant / tolerant to root (wilt) disease were suggested for planting in the hot spot regions. Farmers were empowered on the availability of QR-coded coconut seedlings produced by ICAR-CPCRI so that only good quality seedlings are obtained from registered nurseries. During the period nearly 15,000 coconut seedlings were distributed to farmers. In addition, pamphlets were provided about the planting particulars and initial management strategies to be adopted during early stage of seedling establishment. Placement of perforated chlorantraniliprole sachets on terminal leaf axil was advised during the planting of coconut seedling in the main field to avoid pest attack.
  •  A systematic approach in diversified farming with inclusion of different compatible spices, tuber crops and fruit plants in coconut system was suggested to attain continuous availability of farm produce, employment, income and sustainability of system. When income is generated all through the year in a phased manner, involvement and interest level of farmers is getting enhanced.
  •  Deepening of farm ponds wherever available and release of suitable fingerlings were also suggested to augment the duck-fish farming practices in the region.
  • Mass campaign of raising high yielding fodder grasses such as Co-3, Co-4 along with Stylosanthes sp. are recommended to dairy farmers to supplement the demand of forage grasses and enable to produce quality milk and.
  • Technical tit-bits, literature on crop management, crop protection and integrated farming system were distributed to farmers during all kisan gostis for updating knowledge in scientific farming and obtaining sustained income. Besides, need-based diagnostic field visits were also undertaken by each team to cater to the need of the farmer.

 

MGMG – Transfer of technology programmes 

  

  

  

ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute,

Regional Station, Kayamkulam – 690 533

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav Farmer-Scientist interface convened at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam

A farmer-scientist interface of the Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG) programme was held at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 13-07-2016 to chalk out action plan on centenary celebrations and to obtain feedback on MGMG activities in the selected villages.

Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod in his presidential address highlighted the salient accomplishments of ICAR-CPCRI in connecting towards farmer’s welfare. He stressed up on  Kalparaksha, Kalpasree and Kalpasankara varieties of coconut released from the Station as a gift to the farming community in the root(wilt)disease prone tracts of Kerala. He outlined on various value-added products of coconut with special emphasis on Kalparasa (neera) making significant headway in confectionary industries in North India and enhancing the profitability of coconut farmers.

The interface meeting was inaugurated by Shri K.C. Venugopal, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Alappuzha by lighting the ‘Centenary lamp’ contributed by all staff of the Station. In his inaugural address, he pointed out the extraordinary caliber of the scientists of the Regional Station in developing innovative technologies for coconut, but the societal outreach of these technologies down the lane in the village need to be enhanced. He urged to hold a ‘National meet of farmers’ at Kayamkulam along with a grand horticultural mela showcasing the technologies of coconut including value addition as part of the centenary celebrations.

Tagging coconut seedlings with QR code, first of its kind in ICAR system to ensure the quality standard of planting material was presented by Dr. Regi. J. Thomas, Pr. Scientist and a QR coded seedling was released by the Chief Guest. A one-page technical pamphlet entitled “MGMG in a nutshell - Accomplishments at Kayamkulam (October-2015 to June 2016)” was also released on the occasion.

Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head welcomed the gathering and gave a bird’s eye view on the MGMG activities of the Station and Dr. Chandrika Mohan, PS proposed vote of thanks. Smt. Radhamoni Rajan, Standing Committee Chairperson (Health), Krishnapuram Grama panchayat, Sri.K.K.Anil Kumar, Municipal councilor and Sri Anshad, Member, Krishnapuram Grama panchayat offered felicitations. Three farmer representatives from Bharanikavu, Chettikulangara and Kandalloor villages expressed their appreciation on the efforts of ICAR-CPCRI scientists and pledged their overwhelming support for undertaking MGMG programme through regular visits to the villages to cater to their needs.

In the interface programme moderated by Dr. P. Anithakumari, PS, the following suggestions emerged from the farmers for better translation of knowledge at village level.  Interactive interface meetings of ICAR-CPCRI, Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare, and coconut farmers may be organized, along with required field visits.

  •  Soil testing campaigns and organic farming of coconut along with pest and disease management,  once in a month
  •  Emphasis is to be given to root (wilt) disease  and red palm weevil  management facilitation, once in a month
  •  Technical facilitation for water management including irrigation for coconut may be organized during summer season.
  •  Training and technical backing for quality planting material production (tall, dwarf, and hybrid), for coconut climbing and neera production.
  •   Participatory problem analysis of MGMG locations and planning and organizing programmes for knowledge and skill upgradation of the farmers.

 

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam convened  Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav conclave

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam conducted a one-day Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(MGMG) conclave on 29-10-2015. All stakeholders in Alappuzha district, Kerala viz., Kerala Agricultural University substations (ORAR, Kayamkulam; RRS, Moncompu), State Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries participated  in the interaction-discussion meeting.

Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head chaired the session and in his presidential address outlined the origin, rationale and targets to be accomplished in a time-bound manner in this flagship MGMG programme promulgated by Hon’ble Prime Minster.  He called for a closer linkage with all line departments in the district for the successful implementation of the programme and each scientist will perform as a family doctor to all farmers in the selected village.

In his special address, Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer of the programme emphasized on the delivery of knowledge at the farmer’s doorstep through mobile advisories, distribution of technical pamphlets, conduct of Kisan Ghostis etc as well as  linking the farmers with all stakeholders particularly to address issues pertaining to Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. He opined to inculcate national issues such as climate change, secondary agriculture, soil health management, farm mechanization, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan through Good Agricultural Practices in all farmer-scientist interface meetings.

Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist presented the glimpse of all 16 selected villages by the three scientific teams of the Regional Station and highlighted the key farm problems in the district as reported by scientists and various stakeholders.

A booklet entitled “MGMG-A Mission Translating Knowledge at Farmer’s Doorstep” was released on the occasion which included the passport data of the selected villages and the critical issues flagged off by various stakeholders.

In the interaction meeting all stakeholders highlighted the key problems faced by the farmers and suggested technological interventions as remedial measure. All members assured their magnanimous support and united effort for the farmer’s welfare. Based on the deliberation, an action plan linking with all stakeholders was chalked out and identified activities will be implemented in a phased manner.

 

ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute,

Regional Station, Kayamkulam – 690 533,

Alappuzha district, Kerala

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(Jan-Mar, 2016)

Introduction

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav(MGMG) programme is a farm-centric mission translating knowledge at farmer’s doorstep so as to address his farm-oriented problems in a holistic manner to accomplish livelihood security. Cutting across all disciplines, farm problems are diagnosed and effective solutions are delivered and showcased in farmer’s field. Synergistic interaction among stakeholders operational in the village could be interlinked to solve farmers’ issue by the scientist concerned. National priorities such as secondary agriculture, climate change, good agricultural practices, and soil and health management of crops are envisaged in this programme. Three teams under the leadership of Dr. S. Kalavathi, Principal Scientist (Ag. Extension), Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist (Ag. Entomology) and Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist (Ag. Extension) with sixteen adopted villages are functioning at the Regional Station. MGMG activities have been initiated during October 2015 at the Regional Station. The details of the villages adopted are

Team I

Team II

Team III

Thiruvizha (common)

Nadakkavu (common)

Vettikodu (common)

Dr. S. Kalavathi, Principal Scientist

Cherthala South

Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist

Kopparethu

Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head

Bharanikavu

Dr. Regi J. Thomas, Principal Scientist

Arthungal

Dr. A. Abdul Haris, Principal Scientist

Koipally Karaima

Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist

Illipakulam

Dr. Merin Babu, Scientist

Cherthala North

Dr. V.K. Chaturvedi, Senior Scientist

Menampally

Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist

Kattachira

 

Dr. K. Nihad, Scientist

Velanchira

Dr. M. Shareefa, Scientist

Kattanam

 

Dr.  Jeena Mathew, Scientist

Erezha South

Dr. S. Indhuja, Scientist

Pallickal

Salient activities

With the commencement of dry spells, all the three teams oriented the farmers in their respective villages about scientific vegetable cultivation through the kisan ghostis organized. Availability of healthy vegetable seeds in the outlets of KVK- Alappuzha and ORARS, Kayamkulam were highlighted in their programmes. The importance of mulching with fallen leaves of coconut on the conservation of rhizosphere microbes with need based irrigation for palms in sustaining yield was emphasized keeping in mind per drop more crop approach. Importance of soil analysis and use of soil health card of the farm, issued based on such analysis was given greater emphasis in all the awareness campaigns. Greater impetus was given on health management concepts including IPM, IDW and soil health management strategies. Skill development programmes on value addition in coconut especially on virgin oil production, bio-suppressive composting technology fortified with Trichoderma spp. low-cost production of Metarhizium anisopliae for the bio-management of rhinoceros beetle etc. were organized. Integrated coconut-based farming system was accentuated for attaining continuous employment, income and sustainable coconut production. General awareness on the early detection of red palm weevil infestation and rhinoceros beetle damage in juvenile palms were stressed in all village communities as a key component in pest management programme. Popularization of root (wilt) resistant / tolerant coconut varieties (Kalpa raksha/ Kalpa sree) / hybrid (Kalpa sankara) were highlighted and most of the farmers in the villages have booked for the seedlings to be disbursed during June 2016. Need based mobile advisories were provided to all farmers about pest attack, disease incidence and disorders in palms and other crops cultivated in their garden. Exposure visits were also made to the Regional Station for understanding the field performance of resistant / tolerant varieties as well as crop-diversification concept in pest regression. A total of 369 literature hand outs were provided to farmers on different faming technologies such as scientific vegetable and banana cultivation, soil sampling techniques, bio-management of pests and diseases, palm nutrition, organic farming etc.

MGMG Epilogue

Name of the centre

No. of scientists

No. of villages

Kisan gosthi/training/ field days

Mobile advisory

No. of programmes

No of farmers benefitted

No. of advisories

No of farmers benefitted

ICAR-CPCRI, RS, Kayamkulam

13

16

17

284

158

 

 

158

                                            

                                        Diagnostic field visit in Kopparethu on 17-03-16

                                           

                                       Field day celebration on tuber crops held on 15-01-16

                                             

                                      Kisan ghosti in Bharanikavu village community hall on 21-01-2016

 



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