Site Plan Implementation Group (SPIG) meeting of Farmers FIRST Project convened on 3rd July 2017


The Site Plan Implementation Group (SPIG) meeting of the farmers’ FIRST project on “Participatory Technology Integration to empower and ensure livelihood security of farmers in Alappuzha district”beingimplemented in Pathiyoor panchayath, Alappuzha district was organised on 3.7.2017 at Conference hall of Pathiyoor panchayath.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. V.Prabhakaran, President, Pathiyoor Grama Panchayath. Dr. V.Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam gave the introductory remarks and spelled out various activities initiated under the FFP briefly. He mentioned the involvement and participation of the panchayath samithy, farmers’ organisations and line departments in the facilitation of the project activities. The interventions and participatory experimentation along with model programmes such as Seed/ Planting material production for area expansion of improved varieties of crops such as turmeric, (IISR – Prathibha),  amorphophallus (Gajendra), diascorea, (CTCRI-Sree Keerthi) ragi (IIMR- AICRP), different vegetables (IIHR varieties), black pepper ( 8 varieties of IISR), rejuvenation of traditional paddy  varieties viz.,  Njavara and Rakthashaali, white sesamum (SVPR I), tissue culture banana hardening units, paddy cultivation with improved variety (Sreyas), fodder crops, colocasia varieties and lesser yam, participatory refinement of biodigestor (CSIR- NIIST), Trichoderma multiplication units, Virgin Coconut Oil production units, campaign for mastitis control were highlighted.

Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist explained the objectives of the SPIG and presented the activity points to be considered for discussion and decision by the SPIG. Dr. Joseph Rajkumar (Principal Scientist), Dr. Merin Babu and Dr. S.Indhuja (Scientists) participated in the discussion and provided inputs.

Mr. Pradip, Agricultural Officer suggested that the plant protection of coconut in an area wide manner could be linked with the projects of the local panchayath. Dr. Madhuri, Veterinary Surgeon initiated the discussion on need for model goat units and use of cow mat in sheds for health care of cows and improving milk production and to organize campaign for control of mastitis at the earliest, as this is the appropriate time for the intervention to benefit the livestock farmers.

The meeting also discussed about selection of farmers or groups for cropping interventions and conduct of one-day programme for initiation of important activities such as campaign for control of mastitis, launching of hydroponics for fodder production, supply and planting of TC banana, supply of cow mat etc. The meeting concluded at 4 PM.

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