Sadbhavana Pledge


In compliance of the ICAR circular, Sadbhavana Divas was observed at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod on
18-8-2017. Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI administered the pledge to the staff of the Institute in English, followed by Dr. Alka Gupta, Principal Scientist administering in Hindi. All the staff of the organization have taken the Sadbhavana Pledge at 11:00 AM in Platinum Jubilee Hall, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod.

Farmers FIRST Project (FFP) Inauguration of Animal Husbandry interventions on 4.8.2017 at Pathiyoor PH Centre Hall

The animal husbandry interventions initiated in the FFP panchayath are ‘ Mastitis control programme for milch animals’ involving all the 300 farmers, ‘Hydroponics fodder units’ for seven farmers having more than 7 milch animals, ‘High yielding fodder varieties’ like CO 5, Desmanthus and Fodder maize from TNAU, Coimbatore. The programmes are being organized with the active participation of the Government Veterinary Hospital of the panchayath and facilitated technically by Dr. G. Madhuri, Veterinary Surgeon. The programmes were inaugurated by Sri. Sukumara Pillai, Vice Chairman, Onattukara Vikasana Samithi. He stressed the need for rejuvenating traditional crops and healthy food habits. The area was accredited with pulse crops like horsegram, sesamum, and animal husbandry farmers. The initiatives of FFP project for popularizing integrated farming systems (IFS) was lauded as an appropriate need based farm intervention.  The other units were inaugurated by handing over hydroponics tray, fodder slips and mastitis kit (reagent, povidone iodine, bleaching powder and potassium permanganate). The tissue culture hardening unit run by rural youth under the FFP also was inaugurated handing over hardened plant to self help group for planting.  Mr. V.Prabhakaran, President, Pathiyoor panchayath chaired the meeting. Dr. P. C. Sunilkumar, district Veterinary Officer, Alappuzha gave the technical talk and released extension folder on ‘Mastitis control’. The inaugural programme was followed with awareness session on disease control and scientific fodder cultivation by Dr. Beena, Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Muthukulam. The programme was well attended by more than 300 farmers of the panchayath. 


Awareness Seminar on ‘Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act’ conducted

ICAR-KVK-Alappuzha organized an awareness seminar on ‘Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act’ at Kattanam on 21.07.17 for the benefit of the farmers of Onattukara region. The programme was inaugurated by Dr.Jiju.P.Alex, Director of Extension, Kerala Agrl. University in which about 200 farmers of the region attended. Smt.Rajini Jaydev, President, Bharanikkavu Block Panchayath, Dr.V.Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam and Dr.P.Muralidharan, Principal Scientist & Head, ICAR-KVK-Alappuzha spoke to the audience on the occasion. Sri.K.Narendran, recipient of the Plant Genome Saviour Award (2013) of the PPV&FR Authority was honored by the chief guest in the programme.

Dr.Regi Jacob Thomas, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI, Kayamkulam and Dr.Lijo Thomas, Scientist, ICAR-IISR, Calicut presented the topics in the seminar and lead the discussions followed.  An exhibition on different species of medicinal plants was also arranged in the venue. Extension booklet and leaflets highlighting the importance of PPV&FR Act and guidelines for registration of farmer varieties were distributed to the participants. The programme was funded by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, New Delhi.

XXVI Annual Group Meeting of ICAR-AICRP on Palms was held at UHS, Bagalkot from 26-29th July 2017


ICAR-AICRP on palms annual group meeting was inaugurated on 26.07.2017 by Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Horticultural Science) at UHS Bagalkot, which was presided over by Dr. D. L. Maheswar, Vice Chancellor, UHS, Bagalkot. Dr. V. Nachegowda, DoR, UHS, Bagalkot welcomed the gathering. Dr. H. P. Maheswarappa, PC (Palms) briefed about the research achievements made during 2016-17 and technologies to be released during the meeting. Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod and Dr. R. K. Mathur, Director, ICAR-IIOPR, Pedavegi graced the occasion. In group meeting about 100 scientists from 13 State Agricultural/ Horticultural Universities, two Central Agricultural Universities and four ICAR institute were participated. During the meeting, ‘Palm Jaggery’ prepared from fresh inflorescence sap of Palmyrah developed by Pandirimamidi centre was released. A success story on ‘Community based approach for biological control of coconut black headed caterpillar outbreak in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh’ was released along with three other technical bulletins and fifteen extension folders in local languages from different AICRP centres. Among the 27 AICRP centres Pattukkottai centre was judged as the best centre based on performance grading. The group meeting deliberated on work done during 2016-17 on different thematic programmes of AICRP and formulated technical programme for 2017-18. The plenary session was held on 28th July 2017 under the chairmanship of Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod. Dr. V. Nachegowda, DoR, Dr. D. R. Patil, ADR and Dr. Vishnuvardhan, ADR, UHS, Bagalkot were present on the occasion. The recommendations made during different sessions were presented by the scientists and Dr. P. Chowdappa presented Best Presentation award to Er. P. C. Vengaiah. Following technologies were recommended for release during the meeting 

  1. Improved variety, Kalpa Shatabdi recommended for cultivation in Tamil Nadu for its higher copra content and copra yield.

  2. Intercropping of banana, elephant foot yam and pineapple is remunerative during juvenile phase of oil palm cultivation in Konkan region of Maharashtra with additional income of Rs. 80,000/ha/year.

  3. Intercropping of cucurbits (ridge gourd, bottle gourd, cucumber and bitter gourd) is remunerative during juvenile phase of oil palm cultivation in West Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh with additional income of Rs. 65,000/ha/year.

  4. Soil application of talc based formulation of 125g each of Trichoderma reesei and Pseudomonas fluorescens + 5 kg of neem cake per palm at yearly interval for the management of basal stem rot disease in coconut.

  5. Palmyrah jaggery prepared from inflorescence sap collected by adopting CPCRI method having a shelf life of six months under room temperature recommended for commercial release.

Onattukara Spices Farmer Producer Company inaugurated

The Onattukara Spices Farmer Producer Company Limited (OSFPCL), promoted by ICAR-KVK-Alappuzha and funded by NABARD, was inaugurated by Sri. G Sudhakaran, Minister of Public works and Registration, Govt. of Kerala in an auspicious function conducted at Kattanam on 21.07.2017. The Minister also released the products of the company- turmeric powder and whole pepper - on the occasion. Prof. V. Vasudevan, President, Bharanikkavu Grama panchayath presided over the function. Dr. P. Muralidharan, Principal Scientist and Head, briefed about the formation and activities of OSFPCL. Mr. C. Sunder, CGM, NABARAD gave away the share certificates to the share holders and delivered the key note address. Smt. Rajini Jaidev, President, Bharanikkavu Block Panchayath and Managing Director of OSFPCL, Dr. V Krishnakumar, Head, CPCRI (RS), Kayamkulam, and Mr. Rajeev M S, Subject Matter Specialist, ICAR-KVK-Alappuzha addressed the audience. Mr. P Ashokan Nair, President, Nooranad grama panchayath, Smt. Omana Vijayan, President, Palamel Grama panchayath, Smt. V. Geetha, President Thamarakulam Grama panchayath, Smt. Santha Gopalakrishnan, President, Chunakkara Grama panchayath, Smt. Sreeja Kumary, Member, Bharanikkavu grama panchayath, and Sri Reghunathamn Pillai, DDM, NABARD were present in the programme. A booklet on ‘Cultivation and processing of ginger and turmeric’ was released by the guests on the occasion. About 200 persons including majority of the shareholder farmers actively participated in the programme.

The OSFPCL is one among the 105 FPOs in Kerala, incorporated under the Companies Act as part of the Govt. of India’s initiative to promote and support farmer’s organizations. The company aims to facilitate the farmers of Alappuzha district to increase the profitability of cultivation of major spice crops in the district viz., turmeric, ginger, pepper and Garcinia. With initial focus on six panchayaths of Bharanikkavu block, the company plans to spread its activities to the entire district in due course.  225 farmers have become share holders of the company with a share capital of Rs. 2.61 lakhs as on date.

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