Institute Advisory committee (IAC) meeting of Farmer FIRST programme held at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 02-03-2017

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Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI chaired the first meeting of the Institute Advisory Committee meeting of the prestigious project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research “ Farmer FIRST programme” held at the Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 02-03-2017. Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam, Dr. Sushamakumari, Project Director and Head, ORARS, Kayamkulam, representatives from Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala State Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers’ welfare, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dr. P. Anithakumari, Project Investigator and other co-investigators participated in the meeting.

In his welcome address, Dr. V. Krishnakumar highlighted the uniqueness of the Farmer FIRST programme in connecting the farmers with updated module-based scientific technologies of Farming, Dairy and Fisheries sectors towards accomplishing livelihood security through inclusiveness.

Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director in his inaugural address, stressed on the dwindling natural resources such as land and water and called up on for doubling farmer’s income to address the un-daunting task in farming sector. He further envisaged on synchronized synergism cutting across all sectors to accomplish the mission by integrating the traditional know-how to cutting edge technologies in farming sectors for ensuring continuous income generation through sustainable agriculture in organic mode. He complimented the sincere efforts of the team working cohesively for the cause of the farming community in Pathiyoor grama panchayat, the only panchayat coming under the ambit of Farmer FIRST programme for the entire state of Kerala.

Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist presented the salient activities initiated under the programme which include ward-based problem prioritization workshops, sensitization campaign on tuber and spices cultivation, value addition programme in coconut, strengthening sesame and njavara rice cultivation etc. All stakeholders provided valuable inputs towards fine-tuning the programmes in making farming holistic and sustainable in the backdrop of limiting resources and climate change.  

The programme concluded at 12.00 noon and Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Pr. Scientist proposed the vote of thanks. 



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