ICAR Farmer FIRST programme - Tuber crops sensitization conclave -Tuber crops in coconut gardens - nutritional security and income improvement


ICAR Farmer FIRST programme

Tuber crops sensitization conclave

Tuber crops in coconut gardens - nutritional security and income improvement

27-01-2017, Pathiyoor

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam convened a tuber crops sensitization conclave  at Pathiyoor on 27-01-2017 under the ICAR’s Farmer FIRST flagship program to empower stakeholders in crop plurality under coconut based cropping system. The conclave was inaugurated by Sri. V. Prabhakaran, President, Pathiyoor Grama panchayat who had highlighted the importance of tuber crops in sustaining income as well as ensuring nutritional security among the farming community.  He urged farmers to focus on the cultivation of a wide array of tuber crops in coconut system to bolster the concept of doubling farmer’s income and ecological well being of the region. He also envisaged on the traditional varieties of tuber crops that had nutraceutical properties which could combat the lifestyle diseases of mankind. Smt. Leela Gokul, Vice-president offered felicitations for the programme.

In his welcome address, Sri Pradeep, Agricultural Officer ensured complete support and patronage for the programme and called upon the farming community to harness the technical expertise of ICAR-CPCRI for inclusive farming in the panchayat.

Dr. G. Suja, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram conducted the sensitization conclave emphasizing on the uniqueness of tuber crops as brand ambassadors in climate resilient farming  and harness the health potential of tubers in terms of anti-oxidant properties and supplementation of dietary fibres and vitamins. Optimum intake of tubers not only ensures health benefit but also ensures sustainable farming income in the backdrop of receding rainfall in the state. Important varieties of cassava, yams, colacasia and sweet potato and their production technologies with emphasis to organic farming, were lucidly highlighted by her much to the appreciation of all farming community.

Dr. Joseph Rajkumar. A., Dr. Merin Babu, Dr. Shareefa of ICAR-CPCRI facilitated and interacted with the farmers of Pathiyoor panchayath. At the end, Dr. P. Anithakumari, PI of the project outlined the six modules in the farmer FIRST project approved for the panchayat and called for sincere efforts from the farming community to make the farming diversity in the panchayat a role model for the entire state of Kerala so as to foster inclusiveness as well as doubling income. The meeting was attended by more than 140 farmers of the panchayat.