programme for large-scale production of coconut hybrids

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ICAR-CPCRI has initiated a unique programme for large-scale production of coconut hybrids by establishing coconut seed gardens in two open prisons located at Nettukaltheri (Trivandrum) and Cheemeni (Kasaragod) in Kerala State. The programme is taken up as a joint venture of ICAR-CPCRI and Department of Prisons, Govt. of Kerala. Shri. Ramesh Chennithala, Hon’ble Minister for Home & Vigilance, Govt. of Kerala inaugurated the first phase of the programme at Open Prison, Nettukaltheri on 19th May 2015. He lauded ICAR-CPCRI for this unique programme aimed at enhancing the production of coconut hybrids in Kerala. He also emphasized that this will in fact have positive impact of economy of Kerala, as planting high yielding and disease resistant varieties will enhance the production of coconut and thereby the revenue of farm families. 
            Mr. T. P. Senkumar, Director General of Prisons & Correctional Services, Kerala State also appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CPCRI and opined that the joint venture will also play a decisive role in production and supply of quality coconut seedlings especially that of hybrids. Mrs. Ansajitha Russel, President, Trivandrum District Panchayat also praised ICAR-CPCRI for coming up with this novel venture. Later the dignitaries planted ‘Kalpasree’ variety of coconut in the area identified for establishment of seed garden. 
Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI in his address mentioned that this is the first such programme being taken up in an open prison in the entire country and ICAR-CPCRI will put the best efforts to make the programme a grand success. 
Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam presented the report about the progamme to be implemented in Open Prison, Nettukaltheri (Trivandrum). In the initial phase, seed garden will be established in 40 acre area in Nettukaltheri aimed at production of ‘Kalpa Sankara’ hybrid and in the next phase coconut seed garden will be established in 40 acre area in Cheemeni, Kasaragod District for producing Chandra Sankara and Kalpa Samrudhi hybrids. Dr. Regi J. Thomas, Principal Scientist also attended the function.

The programme is aimed at production and distribution of notified coconut hybrids by establishing mother palm blocks in vacant areas in Open Prisons. The jail inmates will be provided with technical support for the maintenance of the blocks and also training for pollination of mother palms for production of coconut hybrids. The distribution of true hybrids could be done through different outlets (Agro Bazars of Department of Agriculture/ Krishi Bhavans or even from Open Prisons).It is expected that from one acre area at least 60 palms could be used for hybridization and from 80 acre area around 4,800 mother palms can be pollinated and altogether 1.40 lakh hybrids/dwarf segregants can be produced. Over and above, the prison inmates can be empowered with a technique and they can use this for their livelihood even after their release. Nowadays, there is dearth of skilled pollinators in Kerala and they can be also trained in production of neera (inflorescence sap), application of plant protection chemicals etc.

 

 

 

 



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