PROMOTING ECO-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGIES IN RICE PRODUCTION IN KUTTANAD, KERALA
While large scale demonstrations are important to promote eco-friendly and climate resilient technologies, their up-scaling requires support from a wide range of partners. Dr. P. Muralidharan shares the experience of promoting and upscaling new technologies among farmers in Kuttanad here. Read Morev>
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This is the way I think the KVKs must function. With small number of technical people the KVKs are not expected to cover the entire district and the other stakeholders in agricultural development especially the DoA, can take advantage of such initiatives and emulate in other areas which are similar in agro ecological situations.I congratulate the team KVK of CPCRI headed by Dr.Muralidharan. I am sure there will be such good performing KVKs which need to be promoted. By reading the earlier blogs of Dr.Mahesh Kumar and others on KVKs including the present one on good practices, I feel it is high time for the ICAR to identify and rank the KVKs through transparent evaluation system and encourage the best KVKs with better inflow of funds and close the KVKs which are non performing KVKs. Culling of non performing KVKs as is known to everybody will help in proper distribution of scant resources. There is no point in increasing the number of KVKs without weeding the non performing ones.
I had chance to visti Rice production areas of Kuttanad, Kerala on number of occasions when I reviewed Kuttanad package from Planning Commission side. The Department of Agriculture there has a panchayat level outfit called as Krishi Bhavan, managed by AEO of the area. I found its g good outpost but not very well equipped technically and therefore I am strongly in favour of our KVK scientists to be available, may be on a fortnightly or monthly basis, with these Krishi Bhavans. Their visit schedule can be pre- determined on demand basis and widely publicized in the entire panchayat so that maximum number of farmers could take an advantage of the same. The SAU Dir.Extension and PC KVK could work out such a arrangement in consultation with PD,ATMA. I am endorsing this email to Dr. AKSingh,DDG Extension ICAR for his intervention as deemed appropriate, as the linkage between KVK-ATMA was highlight of our report submitted to ICAR in January 2015.
Hi sir I am very much impressed with your aticle and the findings , my self Naveen kumar working on the same line in palakkad district on impact of eco-friendly technologies in rice promoted through FFS I too have noticed the same result in some of the areas they are not all using chemicals in cultivation and some of them have reduced usage of pesticides , I want a clarification about the cost of cultivation of rice by using eco-friendly technologies.
Successful KVK-ATMA convergence is rare due to variety of reasons but essential to achieve success in demonstrating, convincing & upscaling technologies. Here we find this happening for the good ! congratulations & thanks for sharing good practices. May be many others would come forward to share their good practices on different aspects of agricultural production.