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Training programme on Groundnut Cultivation for FFP farmers, Devikulangara

Apr 06, 2022 : CPCRI- Kayamkulam | Author:Web Admin

The training program on ground nut cultivation as suitable inter crop in coconut gardens as pioneering venture in three wards of Devikulangaragrama panchayat on April 6, 2022 as part of the Farmer FIRST program (FFP). The program was organized in the training hall of Krishibhavan, Devikulangara. The ICAR CPCRI FFP and MGNREGS convergence model of Pathiyoor FFP will be scaled up to improve the income and nutritional status of farm families.

The programme was inaugurated by Sri. Pavananathan, President, Devikulangara Grama Panchayat. He whole heartedly welcomed the endeavour and granted support and assistance in all activities. In his illuminated talk he pointed out the achievements of FFP activities at Pathiyoor panchayat as the model village. He encouraged the women groups presented in the meeting to come forward to farming in convergence with MGNREGS activities through scientific technological integration for inclusive growth of farming community. Ward members talked on the program implementation in 15 acres of coconut gardens as intercrop and management of coconuts as per ICAR CPCRI recommendations. Dr. P. Anithakumari, Principal Scientist led the discussion on implementation of FFP and up scaling the success models at Devikulangara panchayath, with emphasis on millet crops in coconut gardens, also in convergence with Department of Agricultural Development & Farmers Welfare and local self-governments.

Session on scientific cultivation practices of Groundnut were handled by Mr. Jithin Shaju, SRF, FFP, ICAR-CPCRI, RS, Kayamkulam. In the session high yielding varieties of Ground nut, cultivation practices, nutritive value, INM and IPDM practices were covered. Since the cultivation of Ground nut is new to the women groups, there were active interactions and they confidently come forward to take this as a challenge. Groundnut (G 2-52) of UAS, Dharwad was distributed to the farmer groups.

Mrs. Abi Babu, Agricultural Officer, Devikulangara Panchayath delivered the vote of thanks and extended all her support and guidance for all the upcoming activities under FFP.

A total of 40 farmers attended the program and the programme concluded by 4.30 PM.