Punarnava Kisan Mela - 2019

Sri E. Chandrasekharan, Hon'ble Min. for Revenue and Housing, Govt. of Kerala inaugurated Punarnava Kisan Mela - 2019, KVK-ATMA Technology Meet and Agricultural seminars at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod on 16-2-2019. Sri NA Nellikunnu,  Hon'ble MLA, Kasaragod, Sri M. Rajagopalan,  Hon'ble MLA,  Thrikkaripur,  Dr. Anitha Karun, Acting Director, ICAR-CPCRI, a host of dignitories from the LSGs and the Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala and ATMA, ATARI, Bangalore were present during the occassion. More than 40 exhibition stalls on agriculture were put up and about 300 stakeholders participated in the inaugural programme.The exhibitions will continue till 19-2-219 and there are a host of seminars related to Agriculture, Horticulture, Pisciculture, Animal Husbandry, Value Addition and various schemes related to these. The closing ceremony shall be held at 3 PM on 19-2-2019


                                                                  Invasive Pest Alert

                     First record of invasive Nesting whitefly, Paraleyrodes minei Iaccarino (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae)

An infestation of yet another invasive nesting whitefly, Paraleyrodes minei Iaccarino (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) infesting coconut was recorded in Kasaragod, Kerala by ICAR – CPCRI during December 2018. It is a neo-tropical species originating from Central America (EPPO, 2015). Its occurrence was observed on the under surface of the coconut leaflets of which small white “nests” were seen due to woolly waxy material secreted by females and as well as filamentous translucent white wax rods dorsally protruding from the later nymphal instars. On an average, > 3 colonies per leaflets were observed.

Being a polyphagous nature, it is reported to attack woody plants related to 19 families. P. minei was originally described from specimens collected on citrus in Syria by Iaccario (1990). Generally Paraleyrodes species are smaller in size than Aleurodicus species; however they are distinguished by the presence of dorsally projecting white shiny wax strands of >1 mm long. 

P. minei adults are pale yellow in colour with little powdery wax coating on the body (size: 1.2-1.4 mm length). They are characterized by forewings with a median and a forked radial vein. Unlike P. bondari adults, P. minei lacks “X” pattern oblique grey bands on their forewings. Eggs are suboval in shape with a long pedicel. Crawlers are subelliptical and translucent with hyaline fringe of wax filaments along the lateral margin. Puparium – oval, yellow to orange in colour of 0.8 – 0.9 mm long and surrounded by filamentous wax stands (1 pair anterior, 4 pairs posterior and 2 pairs in the middle of the body) extending from the dorsum. Adult males can be identified by the complex aedeagus (cock- head) shape (Martin, 1996). Natural parasitization was also observed under field conditions; however the parasitoid species are yet to be identified. 








                                                     National Productivity Week 

The National Productivity Week was inaugurated at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod by Dr. Hari Kurup K.K, Head, Dept. Economics, Govt. College, Kasaragod on 13-2-2019. The programme was chaired by Dr. Anitha Karun, Acting Director, ICAR-CPCRI, who stressed the need for maintaining punctuality and dedication and thereby enhancing the work output. Dr. Hari Kurup delivered a lecture on 'Circular Economy for Productivity and Sustainability'. He explained how the topic is relevant in the Indian context, especially in the agricultural sector where the aspects of productivity, sustainability and circularity (cycles) play crucial roles. Areas of circular economy in India are promising, especially more on manufacturing sector, wherein the activities such as refurbishing, recycling, repair and maintenance assume greater importance. He has also explained how is the concept of circular economy is different from the classical 'Demand and Supply' concept of economy. Furthermore, he has elaborated the importance of labour and capital productivity (cost minimisation) in technology delivery mechanism. He has alluded the possibilities of a paradigm shift wherein the routine aspects of life might be replaced in the near future with machines, artificial intelligence and robotics. The programme came to an end with the vote of thanks by Dr. S. Jayasekhar, Sr. Scientist (Ag. Economics) and nodal officer of the National Productivity Week.



A Mega Kisan Conference and an Agri-business Expo – 2018 held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

A Mega Kisan Conference and an Agri-business Expo – 2018 held at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

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