International Yoga Day celebrated at ICAR-CPCRI , Kasaragod

As per the directions of Deputy Director (GAC), ICAR, New Delhi,   3rd International Day of Yoga was celebrated at ICAR-CPCRI , Kasaragod  in a befitting manner under the chairmanship of Dr. Ravi Bhat, Director i/c and  Head, Crop Production division . In his  presidential address he   mentioned about the efforts of  Govt. to popularize yoga  and the  followup action taken during the last year for the benefit of  staff members of  CPCRI, Kasaragod .  

Dr. Sharvary. Yoga Scholar and Ayurvedic Doctor delivered a lecture on the relevance of yoga to maintain the health of people both mentally and physically.  She also explained  various components of yoga practices such as Asanas and Pranayama based on Pathanchali Yoga Sutra   to empower ourselves to take more responsibility towards our nation with a free mind.

An impressive display  of  Yogaasanas accompanied with a lyric of  Gurupaduka strothra was presented  by students of Chaithanya Vidyalaya , Kasaragod was well appreciated  and created more interest in  practicing  yoga and lead a stress free life.

Public awareness on International Yoga day was given by displaying banner with different postures of Yoga .

 Dr. K Muralidharan,  Principle scientist  Welcomed the guests and smt.K. Sreelatha proposed vote of thanks

International Yoga Day celebrated at Kayamkulam


International Yoga Day-2017 was observed at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 21-06-2017 in a befitting manner involving all officers and staff for the “Mass Demonstration Programme” performing yoga in its true essence. Sri. K.N. Sajeev of the Regional Station functioned as the Master Demonstrator wherein he executed the masterly art and imparted the yogic techniques among the participants. The science of each asanas and pranayanas was enlightened in a lucid manner and practically showcased for each one of them to follow and practice. He also volunteered for the regular conduct of yoga session for the holistic benefit of all staff as yoga could lead to know oneself perfectly and accomplish a healthy life with a sound mind.

In a brief function convened in the afternoon, Sri. K.S. Panicker, Former Deputy Superintendent of Police (CBI) and leading yoga guru along with his disciples graced the occasion. In his presidential address, Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head emphasized on the health benefits of yoga in this changing lifestyle of mankind. He also highlighted the brief history of yoga and urged everyone to practice it routinely to unify body, mind and soul harnessing positive energy. Yoga has taken forward India into a global level, he opined.

Sri. K.S. Panicker inaugurated the session by lighting the lamp and linked yogic science with the epic Mahabharat. He outlined the eight stages of yoga and urged to embrace yoga for a wholesome empowerment of oneself to lead a stress-free life and deliver constructive strokes among the comrades. He quoted his own experience in which yoga has transformed his body language and shares his wisdom to his fellow disciples. He opined yoga as a spiritual embodiment that elevates one into a conscious gleeful lifestyle reliving from all stresses.

Sri. SB Baburaj, AFAO welcomed the gathering and Dr. G. Rajeev, ACTO proposed vote of thanks. Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist functioned as the Programme Coordinator. 


Third International Symposium on Coconut Research and Development (ISOCRAD 3)

10-12 December 2016, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

“The Third International Symposium on Coconut Research and Development (ISOCRAD 3), held at ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, India during 10-12 December 2016, resolves that COGENT should be strengthened and made vibrant to cater to conventional and complementary strategies like cryopreservation and pollen conservation of coconut germplasm and promote its safe international exchange, and support the establishment of international networks of coconut tissue culture, pests and diseases of coconut, genome analysis and special breeding programmes for abiotic and biotic stress management.”



Workshop on Coconut for Nurturing Ecology and Nourishing Society


As part of World Environment Day (WED) celebration, ICAR-CPCRI conducted a workshop on “Coconut for Nurturing Ecology and Nourishing Society” on June 05, 2017 at its Regional Station, Kayamkulam towards honing agricultural acumen among Higher Secondary School students. The Programme, fully supported by Kerala State Council for Science technology and Environment, Thiruvananthapuram, aimed at infusing ecological and health benefits of Coconut in tune with the theme of this year’s WED on “Connecting People to Nature”.

Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist welcomed the students for the technical sessions. In his discourse on “Ecology Edging out Economics”, Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist narrated the history of WED, composting of food stuffs, Urban Heat Island and Ecological Debt Day. Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head delivered a lucid presentation on “Coconut and Ecosystem Service” highlighting socio-cultural services, crop pluralism, diversity of microbiome, nutrient recycling and carbon sequestration. Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist stressed on the health benefits of coconut and its value added products to supplement on the nutritional demand of mankind. Diversity in coconut and the wide array of genotypes with multifaceted utilities were highlighted by Dr. Regi. J. Thomas, Principal Scientist. Dominance of insects, ecosystem services of insects, pestilence and biological suppression including the applicability of nematodes were outlined by Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Principal Scientist in her lecture on “Invertebrates intertwined with Coconut”.

Eleven schools participated in the quiz competition entitled “Coconut to Nature and Mankind”. Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School, Kayamkulam and MSM School, Kayamkulam emerged victorious. Students were taken around the experimental fields by Dr A. Abdul Haris, Principal Scientist and field techniques in crop production system management was practically showcased.

In his presidential address during the valedictory function, Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head called upon the students to be a part of environment protection campaign and curtail the use of plastic in day to day life.  Smt B. Vijayamma, President Krishnapuram Grama panchayat inaugurated the programme by lighting lamp and urged the students to connect to nature by critical observation and logistic approach to understanding. Reduce pollution and promote organic farming, she remarked. She gave away the prizes to all winners. Sri. K.K. Anilkumar, Member, Ward councilor, Kayamkulam Municipality offered felicitation. Dr. JG Ray, Head, School of Biosciences, M.G. University  made a scintillating talk on “Ecology and Environment” and advised the participants to learn from Nature as nature hardly makes any mistakes. He emphasized on Environment Management to make it sustainable for the futuristic survival of mankind. A booklet and E-copy on “Connecting Coconut to Citizens” were released on the occasion. Dr. Regi. J. Thomas welcomed the gathering and Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar proposed vote of thanks. Later, the guests planted tree saplings in the field to mark the eve of WED. 


Farmers FIRST Project- Training Programme


Mushroom Cultivation - Farm based micro enterprise for additional income

Farm based micro enterprises for additional income and resource utilization is one of the key areas of focus in the Farmers FIRST Project area interventions.  Promoting rural youths in agriculture through micro enterprises paves the way for improving their involvement and participation in farming activities. A training programme on Mushroom Cultivation was organized on 16.5.2017 at Pathiyur panchayath for 40 selected participants from 19 wards of the panchayath. The subject was ably handled by Dr. Reeny Mary Zakaria, Assistant professor (SS), Kerala Agricultural University. The sessions included theory as well as practical aspects of the mushroom cultivation.

The topics handled were importance of mushroom in nutritional security, requirements for establishing a unit, cultivation practices, problems in mushroom cultivation and entrepreneurship development of mushroom growers.

The session was followed by practical sessions of bed filling and spawns preparation.

Successful Mushroom farmers Mr. Gopalakrishnan and Mrs. Vrinda shared their experiences on mushroom cultivation, the income potential and need for networking among mushroom growers. This interactive session was well received by the farmers since they could discuss on practical issues and derive confidence from experienced farmers.

Mr. V. Prabhakaran, Panchayath President and other panchayath members attended the programme. The programme was facilitated by Dr. Indhuja S., Dr. Merin Babu.

A follow up session of the interested participants is planned on June after trying the cultivation practices for which mushroom spawn was given.

The training programme culminated at 3 PM.


Fallow land greening through Farmers FIRST Project (FFP)

                 The Farmers FIRST Project of ICAR CPCRI is being implemented at Pathiyoor panchayath for improving their livelihood options and doubling farm income through integrated participatory interventions. As a part of the initiative the fallow lands of the FFP panchayath is being converted for paddy cultivation with the support and leadership of farmer leaders/ people’s representatives and the active involvement of women self help groups (SHGs) members. The interventions sought the attention of public due to its innovative components like introduction of refined paddy seed drill for upland conditions, which was designed and adapted by Mr. Govinda Pillai, retired professor in commerce residing next to the Pathiyoor panchayath. The seed drill was agreed to be women friendly by the participant women farmers and they opined that it enabled 60-70 per cent reduction of labour as well as time required for sowing.

             A field level demonstration programme coordinated by Dr. P.Anithakumari and Mr. Govinda Pillai and sowing was conducted in Ward X of the FFP area on 16.5.2017 at Thattavazhy paddy area. Four women groups were partners of this programme and they are cultivating two varieties-‘Sreyas’ a high yielding variety released by Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) and ‘Navara’ a renowned traditional medicinal rice variety under this project. Mr. V. Prabhakaran, President, Pathiyoor panchayath, Mr. Anandan, Muthukulam Block Panchayath Member and Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, RS, Kayamkulam inaugurated the  sowing and use of  modified seed drill and the field programmes thereafter.

             The sowing operations completed in the area by 20.5.2017, with the active involvement of the women self help groups, farmers and peoples representatives facilitated by Farmers FIRST project interventions.

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