Farmers FIRST Project (FFP) - Group approach on IISR Prathibha Turmeric variety in Pathiyoor panchayath


Turmeric cultivation is popular among the farmers as an intercrop crop in coconut gardens. Based on the participatory problem prioritization and farmers group discussion (FGD) in the FFP area of interventions farmer participatory group approach in turmeric planting material production was taken up in the ward XIX of the panchayath. The activities will be organized under the leadership of women farmers, ie., of three groups in a contiguous area of 2 hectares. The seed material was procured from ICAR IISR, Calicut and the preliminary activities of land preparation were completed. Under the FFP programme turmeric cultivation will be popularized for commercial cultivation through farmers groups, and eventually processing and value addition for additional income for the small and marginal farmers of the location.

The soil samples of the area for cultivation were collected and test results provided for soil test based nutrition management. In connection with this activity an of campus on field training programme was conducted on 20.2.2017, in which Mr. Suresh Kumar, a progressive farmer from Alappuzha district shared his practical experience on turmeric cultivation and processing. Session on scientific turmeric production and portray methodology was handled by Dr. Shareefa, Scientist (Horticulture) followed by a method demonstration. As post training session, method demonstrations will be conducted and participatory experimentation on effect of various planting materials on yield will be taken up.  A Total of 48 farmers of three groups attended the programme and had practical discussions and decided to adopt the scientific procedures for planting material production for the FFP interventions. The training programme was inaugurated by Mrs. Soumya, ward member and attended by other people‚Äôs representatives. Rural youth group members also attended and they are facilitating the interventions for sustainability and for coordinating income generation through value addition.