19th April, 2016, Kottayam
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and DG (ICAR) visited KVK Kottayam, hosted by Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur and interacted with farmers here today.
Dr Mohapatra during his interaction with the farmers stated that various schemes including Soil Health Card, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana aiming for More Crop Per Drop, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana for crop insurance, National Agri Market etc. would help the farming community on wider perspectives. He said ICAR Institutes, SAUs and KVKs situated at Kerala would provide adequate technological backstopping to the farming community of Kerala State. He ensured that ICAR will take necessary steps for sustaining rice cultivation of Kuttanad region in a profitable manner through appropriate technologies. He opined that farm intensification and diversification with other enterprises would help the farmers in tackling the problem of price fluctuations. He concluded that scientific technologies of National Agricultural Research System promoted by Krishi Vigyan Kendras and State Departments would help the farming community in larger way to solve many vital issues related to agriculture and its allied enterprises.
Shri. Chhabilendra, Roul, IAS, Addl. Secretary, DARE & Secretary, ICAR in his address reiterated that Kuttanad farmers who are adopting One Rice One Fish farming need to ensure that the salinity level of water should not harm the fishes which are cultivated in the paddy fields. Constant desilting of the Kole lands and providing suitable drain out mechanism for stagnating water only will help to improve increase rice and fish productivity.
Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries) and Dr P Rajendran, Vice Chancellor, KAU were also present.
The team also interacted with the KVK staff on salient achievements in various mandated activities of the KVK.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bengaluru)