Training on “Terrace Cultivation of Vegetables and Home Gardening” at Minicoy and Kavaratti islands of Lakshadweep

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Owing to the rapid subdivision and fragmentation of holdings, which are predominantly small and marginal (87 % of the operational holdings being 0.5 ha or less), the farmers in different Islands of Lakshadweep practice very close planting of coconut and plant more seedlings on the boundaries or corners to mark their fields, thus creating overcrowding of palms and leaving very little space for cultivating other crops. For the requirement of fruits and vegetables, often they depend on the arrival from the main land. In order to sensitize the Islanders on the scope of “Terrace Cultivation of Vegetables and Home Gardening”, training programmes were organized under joint auspices of ICAR-CPCRI unit at Minicoy and Department of Agriculture, UT of Lakshadweep on 2nd April 2016 at Govt J.B. School Hall, Minicoy and on 5th April at Administrative Training Institute Hall, Kavaratti.

Shri. O.Ibrahim Manikfan, Vice Chairperson, Village Dweep Panchayat, Minicoy while delivering the presidential address, highlighted the importance of agriculture in the day to day life and urged the youth to adopt farming as a profession. Shri. Jatin Goyal, Deputy Collector while inaugurating the programme, briefed the importance of Agriculture in the Lakshadweep Islands and requested the farmers to take advantage of such training programmes to promote terrace cultivation. Shri. C.Cheriyakoya, Assistant Engineer, LPWD and Shri. F.G. Mohammed, IAP offered felicitations.

The training programme held at Kavarati on 5th April 2016 was presided over by Shri. Puneet Kumar Patel, Director of Agriculture, UT of Lakshadweep, who explained about various schemes implemented by the Department and requested the participants to make use of the opportunity provided to them.  

Shri. Achada Ahammed Haji, Chief Councellor& President District Panchayat, Kavaratti,  while inaugurating the function stressed up on the health hazards of consuming  vegetables contaminated by pesticides and wanted the farmers to take up terrace cultivation to the fullest possibility to produce quality vegetables in the homes itself. Smt.Raziya Beegum, Chairperson, Village Dweep Panchayat, Kavaratti   offered felicitations.

Dr.V.Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam and Dr. Augustine B Jerard, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod, took classes on terrace cultivation and home gardening with video presentation. Seed kits of different vegetables and seedlings were distributed to the participants and the farmers interacted with the resource persons during both the programmes. 

  



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