ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station Kayamkulam initiates unique mode of registration for coconut seedlings


As part of delivery of high-quality and disease-free coconut seedlings to the farming community, the four-star rated nursery of ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam has commenced a novel and transparent registration procedure for reservation of coconut seedlings. In this process, any farmer can register his name along with contact address and mobilenumber any time in a year at the Regional Station during official hours.

Once the actual dates for registration are finalized, all such farmers are informed about the same through their registered mobile as SMS. On the day of registration, farmers have to bring documents such as ration card and land tax receipts for ensuring genuineness and to avoid duplication. After completion of the booking procedure, counterfoil slip, indicating the number of seedlings under each variety allotted, the cost of each seedling as well as the exact date of supply. A help desk, to answer queries of the farmers on various coconut production and protection technologies, is also arranged during the entire period of registration. Every year, coconut seedlings are distributed during last week of May or first week of June to coincide with the ideal planting season. Literature about planting and maintenance of seedlings will be distributed at the time of seedling distribution.

Coconut seedlings distributed from ICAR-CPCRI are tagged with QR code. Scanning the QR code, affixed on the labels tagged on individual coconut seedling, will enable the farmer to reach ICAR-CPCRI’s website which will provide specific information about the characteristics of each variety being distributed from CPCRI. QR code, thus, ensures quality and authenticity of the coconut seedlings distributed by ICAR-CPCRI. This is more important at a time when spurious seedlings are being sold by vendors who claim that they are distributors/dealers of CPCRI’s authentic coconut seedlings. The link to ICAR-CPCRI’s website obtained on scanning the QR code is http://www.cpcri.gov.in/index.php/2014-03-04-05-33-14/qr-code-labelled-coconut-seedlings.

In the year 2017, registration for coconut seedlings was completed during March 01-04, 2017. There was overwhelming response from the farmers across the state, especially from the southern districts, and a total of 2,400 farmers have registered for coconut seedlings. The seedling distribution is scheduled during 6-10th June 2017. Altogether 20,000 coconut seedlings will be distributed, which include Kalaparee (13,000), Kalparaksha (500), West Coast Tall (3,000), Chowghat Orange Dwarf (1,500) and hybrid (2000) seedlings. Among them, Kalpasree and Kalaparaksha varieties were released from the Regional Station for cultivating in root (wilt) disease affected tracts for their disease tolerance/resistance.


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