Sankalp Se Siddhi Programme

 Crop Insurance and Diversification Critical for Doubling farmers Income,

Sri. M K Raghavan

Sankalp Se Siddhi Programme organized at ICAR IISR

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Sankalp Se Siddhi Programme at IISR Calicut
    Crop Insurance and diversification of farm enterprises are critical component for securing and enhancing farm income in rural areas, said Sri, M K Raghavan, Honourable Member of Parliament, Kozhikode. He was inaugurating ‘Sankalp Se siddhi’ –Determination to Attainment, programme organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kozhikode at ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research on 25th August 2017. He also emphasised on the need for equipping farmers with good quality seed, organic fertilisers, and irrigation facilities to increase the farmer income. He said a target oriented strategy has to be planned at Panchayath level for higher production of vegetables, egg, milk and allied products. The farmers took a pledge to adopt sustainable, scientific and socially desirable practices to ensure fast development and progress of the nation.   Shri. Babu Parassery, District Panchyath President and addressed Shri. Pradeep Kumar, MLA Kozhikode North addressed the farmer gathering organized as part of the programme. Shri. Babu Parassery exhorted the farmers to target  higher income e through value addition and direct marketing. Sri Pradeep Kumar said that institutions like IISR and KVK should take greater role in highlighting key issues of farmers.  Smt. S Subha Deputy Project Director, ATMA, Kozhikode gave felicitation address.

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    Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, Director, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode welcomed the gathering.  Dr. Santhosh J Eapen, Head crop protection Division elaborated the Sankalp Se siddhi  seven point programme for doubling farmers income by 2022. The programme envisages to double income of farmers by providing better irrigation facilities, ensuring  high quality of planting material, enhancing availability of organic inputs, Practicing soil test based fertilizer application and minimising  post harvest  losses. Value addition and enhanced market facilities should also form critical components in the quest for achieving the target of doubling farmers income by 2022. A video documentary was shown on the programmes taken up by Central Govt. for the welfare of farmers. Successful farm models and farming ventures were presented to the participants by Dr. B Sasikumar, Head, Crop Improvement and Biotechnology Division of ICAR IISR. Dr. Sheeja, Principal Scientist sensitized the farmer participants on the immense economic potential of commercialization of agricultural and allied technologies.  Dr. P. Ratha Krishnan, Programme co-ordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kozhikode presented the vote of thanks. An exhibition on technological inputs developed by ICAR-IISR and value added products of self help groups were also held. The programme was attended by about 500 people.
World Soil Day and Rabi awareness programme on “Organic Vegetable cultivation” was held at KVK, Peruvannamuzhi
sheejasoilday          World Soil Day and Rabi awareness programme on “Organic Vegetable Cultivation” was inaugurated by Smt. Sheeja Sasi, President, Chhakittapara Grama Panchayath at KVK, Peruvannamuzhi. During the inaugural address she stressed the importance of organic vegetable cultivation, efforts made by the government to make agriculture a profitable venture and its implementation at Panchayat level. Dr. P. Ratha Krishnan, Programme Coordinator, KVK presided the programme, Smt. Sobhana, M, Deputy Director, Department of Dairy Development, Kozhikode felicitated the programme.  A special training on “Enrichment of FYM and vermin-compost by using bio-control agents” by P. Raji, Professor, KAU, Pattambi was held. 
      In addition lectures on Good Agricultural Practices and organic vegetable cultivation by Dr. Pradeep Kumar,T, Professor, KAU, Thrissur; Vegetable and Spices cultivation by Dr. P. S. Manoj, Subject Matter Specialist, KVK; Eco-friendly biocontrol measures and organic inputs in Agriculture by K.K. Aiswarya, Subject Matter Specialist, KVK;  Importance of soil health by M. S. Mariya Dainy, Programme Assistant, KVK and Awareness class on Rabi cultivation and Prime Minister Fasal Bhima Yojna (PMFBY) by Dr. P. Ratha Krishnan, Programme Coordinator, KVK was also held.
sathiacsoilday       During Valedictory of the programme Smt. Sathi, A.C, President, Perambra Block Panchayat distributed Soil health cards and Cabbage, Cauliflower seedlings to farmers and addressed the gathering. She stressed the importance of soil health and Haritha Kerala initiatives by the Government. Mr. Babu, Member, Perambra Block Panchayat delivered felicitation address. These programmes were participated by about 250 persons including farmers, scientists and extension functionaries. Exhibitions by KVK, institute, and Self Help Groups displayed the recent agriculture technologies and distributed organic inputs to the farmers.
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Shri. Ratneshwari P Singh, Member, ICAR- Governing body and Dr. Sreenath Dixit, Director, ATARI, Bengaluru  visited KVK, Peruvannamuzhi
 Ratneswari Singh     Shri. Ratneshwari P Singh, Member, ICAR- Governing Body, New Delhi and Dr. Sreenath Dixit, Director, ATARI, Bengaluru visited KVK, Peruvannamuzhi on 23/9/16. They visited the KVK demonstration units, training facility, etc. In addition they also appreciated Mr. Babu Raj, the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Antyodhyay Krishi Puruskar winning farmer from Calicut. After interaction and review on KVK activities they visited farmer fields too.
KVK, Peruvannamuzhi organizes three days skill development training on coconut value added products development
          Coconut is an important perennial tree available in about 1.2 lakhs hectare area of Kozhikode District. It is often referred as “Kalpavriksha” and source for several value added products development. The present pest and disease problem, fall of coconut price makes major threats to this crop and its allied sectors.
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        In order to boost economic viability of this crop efforts are made by leading coconut research institutions by development of several value added products. In line with that, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Peruvannamuzhi in association with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Central Plantations Crops Research Institute, kasaragode organizing three days skill development training on “coconut value added products development”  to twenty five progressive farm women from eight dryers developed and promoted by Perambra Coconut Producers Company. The training was inaugurated today by James Yedachery, Chairman, Perambra Coconut Producers Company, Perambra and presided by Dr. P. Ratha Krishnan, Programme Coordinator, KVK. Training class was conducted by Ms, Deepthi, Subject Matter Specialist of KVK. Earlier K.M. Prakash, SMS, KVK welcomed the trainees while Unni Krishnan, CEO, PCPC, Perambra conveyed vote of thanks at the end. The training comprises classes on different value added products development viz., coconut chips, virgin coconut oil, spray-dried coconut milk powder, desiccated coconut powder, coconut vinegar, etc. with practical and exposure visit to coconut processing companies and CPCRI, Kasaragode.
Women groups trained on flower arrangements by KVK, Peruvannamuzhi
 Flower arrangement  

     Flowers are integral components of spiritual, religious and personal moments. In the recent past, its role and contribution to individual and national economic growth are plenty. In order to develop confidence among women as flower arrangements had immense potential to be an entrepreneurship activity, KVK, Peruvannamuzhi has organized a two days training for women groups. This training has been benefited to eighteen women comprises six groups from Kavilumpara, Thottilpalam, Koombara, Mukkam, Kattipara and Thiruvambadi areas. The training has been conducted by Ms. Deepthi, Subject Matter Specialist (Home Science) of this Kendra in association with Centre for Overall Development (COD), Kozhikode.

  During the training the participants have arranged bouquets, tiered modern and Eastern types (like Japanese) of flower arrangements and event flower decorations, etc. using locally available leaves, flowers and materials in addition to cut flowers. This practical entrepreneurship training increased the confidence level of the participants to undertake flower arrangements in functions and events said by Dr. P. Ratha  Krishnan, Programme Coordinator, KVK. During the training Dr. P.S. Manoj and Dr. B. Pradeep, Subject Matter specialists were also present and described the types of flowers and materials useful for such decorations.