Mega Kisan Conference held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

Kasaragod, 8 January: A mega Kisan Conference was held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod on 8th June 2018. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India, inaugurated the Kisan Conference and skill development programmes at 11:00 AM. Earlier the Minister also inaugurated the new building of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, at CPCRI Residential Complex, Chowki, Kasaragod.

The  Hon'ble  Minister expressed his happiness in his visit to the “Land of Coconut trees”. He appreciated the research at ICAR-CPCRI, which aims to make the farmer self-reliant and makes him feel that he is standing on his own feet. He also spoke at length on various schemes of the government such as PMs Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Protsahan Yojana, etc. He informed that so far 9.91 crore soil health cards have been distributed by the government. The Minister made a review of the research achievements of the five research institutes under the ICAR umbrella in Kerala namely, CPCRI, Kasaragod, IISR, Kozhikode, CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, CIFT, Kochi and CMFRI, Kochi, which are supporting the farmers in a holistic way. One of the areas he emphasised upon was that the focus of the  scientific community should be in the field of mechanization of cultivation practices and use of labour saving instruments for harvest and spraying, with special reference to arecanut. He highlighted  the role of government in fixing minimum support prices for crops like  Pepper, Arecanut and Coconut and levying of import duties on Palm Oil, which have helped to stabilize the market.

Shri P. Karunakaran Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Kasaragod presided over the function. In his presidential address, he highlighted the need for value addition of  agricultural produce in order to offset the falling prices of the commodity. He called upon the coconut community to utilize the scientific findings such as neera extraction from coconut palm for enhancing their income.

Shri N. A. Nellikunnu Hon'ble MLA, Kasaragod appreciated the efforts of CPCRI and the KVK in organizing such a programme to bring the farmers and general public in closer interaction so as to achieve higher yield prospects from their farms.

Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture) in his introductory remarks lauded the landmark achievement of CPCRI in the field of coconut research which has brought the productivity of coconut from 5000 per hectare to 13000 per hectare over the years.

A postal stamp to commemorate the 100 years of ICAR-CPCRI was released by Col. S.F.H. Rizvi, Post Master General, Northern Region, Kozhikode.

Various publications, namely, a book on “25 years of ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra – A Journey with the Farmers”, technical bulletins on “Entrepreneur and Farmer Friendly Technologies” in Hindi and “Thengu krishi reethikal” in Malayalam and "Thengu" in Kannada were released during the programme. Micronutrient formulations for coconut “Kalpa Vardhini” and Kalpa Poshak” developed by the institute were released by the Minister.

MoU on “Arecanut tissue culture” for large scale production of dwarf hybrids and yellow leaf disease (YLD) tolerant palms, “Coir pith composting” and “coconut leaf composting” were signed  with Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC)”. Another MoU on Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), Coconut Chips, frozen coconut delicacies and Kalparasa technologies was signed with Madhura Agro, Coimbatore.

Awards were presented to the Best Coconut farmer, Shri Sibi Joseph, Balal, Kasaragod, Kerala, Best Arecanut farmer Shri Rama Kishore, Bantwal, D.K. district, Karnataka and  the Best Cocoa farmer Shri Vishwanatha Rao, Ajjavara, Sullia, D.K. district, Karnataka  by the Hon'ble Minister.

Shri A.G.C. Basheer, President, Kasaragod District Panchayath, Shri A.A. Jaleel, President, Mogral Puthur Panchayath, offered felicitations on the occasion. Smt. K.T. Leena, Project Director, ATMA, Kasaragod also participated in the function.

Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI welcomed the gathering and Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist and General Convenor of the Expo proposed vote of thanks.

The post-lunch programme was KVK-ATMA “Scientist – Farmer Technology Meet  & Interface Programme”, in which many progressive farmers and entrepreneurs participated. Discussion on friendly technologies for enhancing productivity and income were conducted.

The six day Expo with around 150 exhibition stalls on crops, technologies, machinery, animal science, environment and agri-business related aspects are open to public from 10 AM to 7 PM up to 10th January 2018.


e-Kalpa Android App

An integratedandroid based mobile app ‘e- kalpa’ enabling technology delivery, interactive learning and real time data recordingwas developed for better reaching out to farming communities.It has GPS enabled platform,developed to connect stakeholders of plantation sector with emphasis to coconut, arecanut and cocoa. e-kalpa is the integration of five major services viz., farmers issue reporting and supporting, synchronized farming, farmer diary, knowledge base and notifications and is available in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada languages.It provides the farmer, latest CPCRI technologies and farming practices for increasing yield. It has online reporting facility for any type of issues related on farming which needs immediate solutions from experts.

The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store using the following URL:

e-Kalpa android app for technology transfer over mobile phone networks

Rugose Spiralling Whitefly (RSW), Aleurodicus rugioperculatus Martin is an invasive pest first reported on coconut from Belize, Central America during 2004. It was the latest non-exotic pest reported in India on coconut from Pollachi, Tamil Nadu and Palakkad, Kerala during July-August 2016. In a period of six months, it could be recorded from all districts of Kerala, Parts of Tamil Nadu, Parts of Andhra Pradesh and Parts of Karnataka mostly from coconut. The lateral spread of the pest in different places could be attributed mainly through the distribution of infested seedlings as well as transporting vehicles. The pest could establish and successfully complete the life stages on coconut and to limited extent on banana, however, egg laying had been recorded on a wide array of host without successful establishment.

Biological control

It caused heavy de-sapping restricted from under surface of coconut leaflets and presence of sooty mould on the upper surface of leaflets and other intercrops is the characteristic diagnostic symptom for pest identification. Extensive de-sapping of RSW would induce stress on the palms due to removal of water and nutrients, but neither colour change nor necrosis of leaves is observed. The prevalence of the pest was noticed from the outer whorls and slowly progressing towards the inner whorls, whereas, the immature fronds were not infested. We could also observe that, more than 70% of the whitefly colonies were found parasitized by the aphelinid parasitoid, Encarsia guadeloupae Viggiani indicating the natural buildup of the parasitoids. This is one of the classical biological control strategies and any disturbance in the buildup of E. guadeloupae would invariably affect the long term approach in pest bio-suppression.  In a period of four to five months, parasitism rose to more than 70% in unsprayed coconut plantations in Kerala.

Of late, a Leiochrini beetle, Leiochrinus nilgirianus Kaszab 1946 (Tenebrionidae : Coleoptera) and immature stages were found feeding on sooty mould developed over the honey dew excreted by RSW especially during early morning hours. Complete cleaning of the sooty mould laden palm leaflets could be accomplished in the experimental plots at Kayamkulam, Kerala.


Being a new invasive whitefly species, the initial spread will be quite rampant. Since the natural enemy build up of E. guadeloupae has been initiated, RSW may not go beyond action threshold as expected. Therefore, awareness campaigns are to be followed in all epidemic zones to sensitize the farming community about the whitefly pest and the need for conserving the natural enemies and scavenging beetles to ward off the pest. Sensitization programme focusing on the natural build up of the parasitoid, E. guadeloupae in RSW endemic areas should be projected as a classical example of bio-control strategy in sustainable pest management in coconut system. Our approach should, therefore, be to encourage the niche survival of E. guadeloupae and habitat conservation of L. nilgirianus for effective bio-suppression of A. rugioperculatus. ICAR-CPCRI has conducted pest-alert campaign through mass media and sensitized about the invasive pest and the precautions to be handled to suppress the pest.

Integrated Pest Management Approaches

  • Application of 1% starch solution on leaflets to flake out the sooty moulds. 
  •  Installation of yellow sticky traps on the palm trunk to trap adult whiteflies.
  •   Encourage build up of parasitoids (E. guadeloupae) and re-introduce parasitized pupae to emerging zones of whitefly outbreak. 
  •  In severe case, spray neem oil 0.5% and no insecticide is recommended.
  •   Complete destruction of RSW and immature stages on coconut seedlings by initial water spray as well as spraying imidacloprid 0.005% to avoid spread of the pest to new areas. 
  •  Habitat conservation of sooty mould feeding scavenging beetles (L. nilgirianus) in the palm ecosystem.

Conclusion and roadmap

ICAR-CPCRI has initiated awareness campaign against the pest by resorting to pesticide holiday for the natural build up of parasitoids and habitat conservation of scavenger beetles. Mass production of these bioagents and scavenger beetles is under way.  In a nutshell, advent of the parasitoid, E. guadeloupae and the scavenger beetle, L. nilgirianus considerably reduced the pestiferous potential of A. rugioperculatus. This could be considered as a biological control and habitat conservation of scavenger beetles highlighting the potential of the nature and to avoidchemical pest management options.  


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Start up green 2018

Start up green 2018-“Enabling Agripreneurship” programme  was organized today at CPCRI kasaragod as a part of Kisan conference and agri business  expo.Dr Sijith Babu (IAS) CEO, Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Inaugurated  the programme and presented the novel idea of ASAP to provide a platform to acquire the skill to execute the idea.He also educated the participants  about National Skill Qualification Framework(NSQF) and its implementation in Kerala state as an addition qualification for school children above 9th standard for job security and subsequent self employment ability.

 Dr Chowdappa director CPCRI in his presidential address  strongly urged the participants  to familiarize the young entrepreneurs across the viable venue available in the plantation crops sector for successful startups and subsequent establishments. Dr K muralidharan Head Social Science Division in his introductory remarks briefed about the start up 2018 programme and stressed the motto of programme.

Dr C Thamban Principle Scientist  welcomed the guests and gathering.Mr Sayyid Sawad Project coordinator Kerala startup mission and Sri Shiva Krishna bhat  institute management committee member CPCRI   offered felicitationsLecture class were organized on different topics. Network of Indian Agribusiness Incubators by Dr. Manoj Samuel   ICAR _CIFT  Kochi, Entrepreneurship development experience of ABI by Dr Sujatha Mysore ICAR-IIHR Bangalore, Technology based incubation at NIT by Preeti M NIT Kozhikode,  Marketing of technology and technology products by Dr K Muralidharan CPCRI Kasaragod,  Business ventures  with root crops by Dr T Shivakumar Icar CTCRI Thiruvanathapuram,   Coconut value added products by Dr M R Manikantan  ICAR CPCRI kasaragod,  Preparation of DPRs : Key issues Dr S jayashekar PCRI Kasaragod. Dr A C Mathew Principle scientist CPCRI proposed vote of thanks.


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ಕಾಸರಗೋಡು, ಜನವರಿ6: ಕಾಸರಗೋಡಿನಐ.ಸಿ.ಎ.ಆರ್.-ಸಿ.ಪಿ.ಸಿ.ಆರ್.ಐ.ಯಲ್ಲಿಆರುದಿನಗಳಎಗ್ರಿಎಕ್ಸ್ಪೋ2018 ರಅಂಗವಾಗಿಬೃಹತ್ಕೃಷಿಮೇಳದಿನಾಂಕ8 ಜನವರಿ, 2018ರಂದುಜರಗಲಿದೆ. ಸನ್ಮಾನ್ಯಕೇಂದ್ರಸ್ಟಾಟಿಸ್ಟಿಕ್ಸ್ಮತ್ತುಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಸಚಿವರಾದಡಿ.ವಿ. ಸದಾನಂದಗೌಡಇವರುಮುಖ್ಯಅತಿಥಿಯಾಗಿಭಾಗವಹಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಮಾರಂಭದಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆಯನ್ನುಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ11 ಘಂಟೆಗೆನೆರವೇರಿಸುವರು. ಸಚಿವರುಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ, ಸಿ.ಪಿ.ಸಿ.ಆರ್.ಐ.ಯನೂತನಕಟ್ಟಡವನ್ನೂಲೋಕಾರ್ಪಣೆಗೈಯಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

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ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಶತಮಾನೋತ್ಸವದಸವನೆನಪಿಗೆಅಂಚೆಚೀಟಿಯನ್ನುಉತ್ತರವಲಯದಪೋಸ್ಟ್ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ಜನರಲ್ಎಸ್.ಎಫ್.ಹೆಚ್. ರಿಜ್ವಿವಿಮೋಚಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 25 ವರ್ಷದಕೃಷಿಕರೊಂದಿಗಿನಪಯಣ, ಉದ್ಯಮಶೀಲಹಾಗೂಕೃಷಿಕಸ್ನೇಹಿತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನಗಳು, ಮಲಯಾಳಂಹಾಗೂಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿತೆಂಗು, ಎಂಬಶೀಷರ್ಿಕೆಯಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳಬಿಡುಗಡೆ, ಕಲ್ಪವಧರ್ಿನಿಹಾಗೂಕಲ್ಪಪೋಷಕಎಂಬಎರಡುತೆಂಗಿಗಾಗಿಇರುವಲಘುಪೋಷಕಾಂಶತಯಾರಿಕೆಗಳವಿಮೋಚನೆ, ಸ್ಪಿಕ್(ಎಸ್.ಪಿ.ಐ.ಸಿ.) ತಮಿಳುನಾಡುಇವರಿಗೆಅಡಿಕೆಯಹಳದಿಎಲೆರೋಗಸಹಿಷ್ಣುಮತ್ತುಗಿಡ್ಡತಳಿಗಳಉತ್ಪಾದನೆಗಾಗಿಅಂಗಾಂಶಕಸಿತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದಹಸ್ತಾಂತರಣಕೂಡಾಈಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ. ಸನ್ಮಾನ್ಯಸಚಿವರುಉತ್ತಮತೆಂಗು, ಅಡಿಕೆಹಾಗೂಕೊಕ್ಕೋಕೃಷಿಕರನ್ನುಸನ್ಮಾನಿಸುವರು.

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