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ICAR Farmers FIRST project

Training program on Community based Plant Protection Approaches

03-02-2017

ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station Kayamkulam

Training program on community based plant protection approaches in coconut based farming sysytems for Farmer-FIRST project beneficiaries of Pathiyoor Grama panchayat was held at the Regional Station on 03-02-2017 to ingrain an element of skill empowerment for accomplishing health management in coconut. The participants were the office bearers of coconut producer’s societies (CPS) and coconut producer’s federations (CPF) which are coconut farmers communities in the intervention area. An orientation and discussion session was organized on 21-01-2017 for selecting and forming coconut plant protection and surveillance groups (CPPSG) for implementing plant protection operations, and they were further exposed to capacity building sessions.

The capacity building initiative was inaugurated by Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head and in his inaugural address, he emphasized on the adoption of good agricultural practices and scientific palm management for sustained production of coconut in the root (wilt) endemic zone of Kerala. He reiterated the role of nutrients, water and light as the basic elements to boost coconut production. In his felicitations, Sri Pradeep, Agricultural officer urged the farmers to harness scientific acumen from ICAR-CPCRI scientists and translate in the Pathiyoor village. Sri. Prabhakaran, President, Pathiyoor Grama Panchayat, Smt Leela Gokul, Vice President and ward members graced the occasion by their elegant presence and patronage.

The technical sessions were handled by Dr. Merin Babu, Scientist on “Disease Management in Coconut”, Dr.  A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist on “Pest Management”, Dr. Jeena Mathew, Scientist  on “Soil Health Management” and Dr. M. Shareefa, Scientist on “Improved Coconut Varieties and mother palm selection”. Dr. Indhuja, Scientist coordinated the organization of the programme. The evaluation procedure indicated tremendous knowledge enhancement (70 to 96%) to all the trainees reflecting their involvement in the participatory mode of project implementation.  Farmers were overwhelmed by the knowledge gained and assured to translate the scientific knowledge to their comrades as well as to showcase in the field.

Dr. P. Anithakumari, PI welcomed the trainees and Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, PS proposed vote of thanks. More than 100 farmers participated in the capacity building programme. 



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