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Participatory Evaluation of IFS components in ICAR CPCRI FFP

Apr 07, 2022 : CPCRI- Kayamkulam | Author:Web Admin

ICAR -CPCRI FFP conducted a meeting of IFS farmers on 07/04/2022 to evaluate the impact of diverse activities implemented under various modules of Farmer FIRST Programme (FFP) in training hall, ward 16. Dr. Anithakumari P., PI (FFP) welcomed the gathering and enumerated the various scientific and technological advances introduced and implemented in Pathiyoor panchayat during 2016-22 implemented in FFP modules. She also mentioned about the procurement of turmeric, ginger and other crops at reasonable price from farmers of FFP through Odanad Farmer Producer Company Ltd (OFPC Ltd) and discussed the opening of FPO mart for the sale of OFPC products like Kera Probio (ICAR CPCRI bio fertilizer), Kalpa Vardhini (ICAR CPCRI nutrient mixture for adult coconut palms), vegetable seedlings, grow bags, Coir pith blocks, vermicompost, shade dried cowdung and agricultural tools and machineries on a rent basis at pathiyoor. Farmers of FFP can also sell their products like planting materials of tubers and spices, value added products, egg, farm fresh vegetables via FPO mart.

A total of 17 farmers participated the meeting and participatory impact analysis were done.The impact analysis dealt with the farming technologies adoption, knowledge, overall impacts, innovations emerged and income improvement. Problems and constraints and suggestions were recorded.

After the meeting, a farm visit was conducted to the poultry units, Aquaponics and Biofloc fisheries, nutrition garden and the various IFS components (indigeneous cow, biogas, home waste unit using biopod & BSF) of Mr. Siva Prasad, Yound entrepreneur, Puthoormadam, Ward 16, Pathiyoor. The lotus and water liliies cultivation of Mrs Sudhamani, an active farmer of ward 16, Pathiyoor Panchayath, who started it on aesthetic interest and passion and presently earning income, was also visited during the on farm visit.