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44th Coconut Development Board Foundation Day

  The 44th Coconut Development Board Foundation Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Krishnagiri. Collaborating with the Coconut Development Board, the event encompassed a significant program—a “District Level Workshop on Scientific Coconut Cultivation Technologies”. This insightful workshop saw the active participation of 100 farmers and District Government Officials. Distinguished guests, including Mr. E. Aravazhi, Director of the Coconut Development Board, Regional Office, Chennai and other esteemed dignitaries such as Dr. S. Sri Vidhya, Associate Professor (Horticulture) and Mr. K. Saravanan, Assistant Director of Horticulture, graced the occasion.
  The event commenced with the registration of farmers, and Mr. Gunasekar, SMS (Soil Science), extended a warm welcome to all attendees following the rendition of the 'Tamil Thai Vaazhthu' song. Dr. T. Sundarraj, Senior Scientist and Head, ICAR-KVK, Krishnagiri, delivered the inaugural address, emphasizing the significance of the Coconut Development Board Foundation Day. He further enlightened the audience with a special lecture on 'Scientific Coconut Cultivation Technologies.
  Mr. E. Aravazhi expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the farmers and Government Officials for joining in the celebration of the 44th Coconut Foundation Day. He christened the coconut tree as 'Karpaga Virutchagam,' underscoring its role as a tree that bestows benefits and assistance to all individuals through every part of its existence. His detailed discourse covered topics such as coconut varieties, planting methods, ideal planting times, spacing and initial steps for maintaining young plants. He shed light on CDB schemes, showcasing the transformative impact on farmers' lives through technical knowledge import and initiatives like Friends of Coconut Tree (FoCT). Also, he enlightening attendees on value-added coconut products, preparation methods and effective marketing techniques.
  Dr. S. Sri Vidhya, delivered a technical talk on 'Coconut Cultivation Techniques through Organic Method,' highlighting the importance of organic practices in coconut cultivation. The workshop also featured valuable sessions by experts, including Mr. Gunasekar on Integrated Nutrient Management, Importance of Micro Nutrient and water management and Mr. T.I. Ramesh Babu on Identification and control measure of Pest and Disease in coconut.
  The farmers' experience-sharing session added a personal touch to the event, with testimonials from successful individuals like Mr. Rajendran and Mr. Ramasamy, a FoCT Master Trainer. The latter shared his inspiring journey from trainee to entrepreneur, generating applause from the audience.
  The workshop concluded with Mrs. S. Poomathi, SMS (Home Science) explanation about the facilities available in KVK, about hands on training on coconut value addition. Mr. K. Gunasekar expressed gratitude to everyone, and more than 150 farmers left with valuable insights, CDB schemes folders and Coconut Cultivation Technique pamphlets. The event concluded on a high note with the National Anthem. It was a resounding success, fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration in the field of coconut cultivation.

Kisan Mela under SCSP

  ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Krishnagiri organized and conducted Kisan Mela at Guttur Village of Bargur Block, Krishnagiri District on 02-Nov-23. Mr. V. Krishnan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Krishnagiri presided over the program and distributed fodder sorghum CO 31 and Hedge Lucerne seeds to 100 selected farmers. He emphasized to use the inputs to increase the productivity in livestock and also explained the importance of Soil Testing and Soil Health Management.
  Dr. T. Sundarraj, Senior Scientist and Head, ICAR-KVK, Krishnagiri, briefed the farmers about the mandate activities of the KVK and given technical talk on Wildboar Management Techniques. Dr. T. Tamilselvan, Professor of Agronomy, RRS Paiyur TNAU delivered guest lecture on Integrated Crop Management in Samai Cultivation. Mrs. M. Sivashankari, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Bargur Block of Krishnagiri District created awareness on KCC, PM Kisan, Uzhavan app and Government schemes.
  Subject Matter Specialists of KVK given technical talk on Fodder Production Techniques, Integrated Nutrient Management in Agricultural Crops and Integrated Farming System. During this programme Exhibition was arranged for farmers and displayed Micro nutrients, Bio fertilizers and Fodder seeds. During this programme 138 farmers from Guttur village and students of Karunya Agricultural University, Coimbatore were participated.

Farmers Scientist Interaction and Input Distribution under DAPSC

   ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Krishnagiri organized and conducted Farmers Scientist Interaction and Inputs Distribution programme under DAPSC at Bannihalli Village of Kaveripattinam Block, Krishnagiri District on 13-Oct-23. The Director of Extension Education, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,
   Dr.P.P.Murugan presided over the program and provided the selected farmers with coconut tree climbing equipment, horsegram seeds, mango micronutrient mixture and ProBeads-EC microbial health promoters for domestic chickens and said that they should use the inputs in a proper manner to increase their livelihood and to approach the KVK for the technical doubts of the farmers emphasized.
   Dr. T. Sundarraj, Senior Scientist and Head, ICAR-KVK, Krishnagiri, briefed the farmers about the mandate activities of the KVK. Also, a Farmer Scientist Interaction programme was conducted with involving the technical experts, Programme Assistants from KVK, TNAU staff and the Farmers. The problems faced by the farmers about soil resource management, organic farming, pulses cultivation technologies, use of farm machinery and poultry farming management were discussed.
   Dr.K.Vennila, Program Coordinator, ICAR-KVK, Dharmapuri and Mr. Ramasamy, Assistant Agriculture Officer of Kaveripattinam Block, Krishnagiri and the students of Karunya Agricultural University, Coimbatore participated and 50 farmers from Bannihalli village participated in this programme.

Millet Recipe Contest 2023

  ICAR-KVK, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu of ICAR-ATARI, Zone X, Hyderabad organized a Millet Recipe Contest at Anchetty Village, Thally Block of Krishnagiri District. The programme was conducted to celebrate the International Year of Millet 2023 and create awareness about the health benefits of millets in shaping our millets in lifestyle area expansion for increased production and productivity.
  In the programme, a total of 80 contestants from five villages around Anchetty of Thally Block participated and displayed their millet based food products for the contest. The contestants displayed various innovative recipes like ragi burfis, halwas, laddu, ragi pooris, mixed millets rotis etc., The winners were selected by the team of experts with prescribed guidelines.
  The programme was presided over by Dr. Ranjay Kumar Singh, Assistant Director General (Agrl. Extn.) ICAR, New Delhi. In his chief guest address to conserve the different land races of millets to facilitate more researches in future. Also he motivated to prepare millet products in combination with herbals and medicinal plants which can open new opportunities for the young and budding entrepreneurs.
  Dr. Shaik N. Meera, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone X, Hyderabad in his presidential address, he emphasized about the marketing of millets and millet products through digital media platform is having a good scope for more profitability.
  Dr. P. P. Murugan, DEE, TNAU in his special address advised to cultivate the latest high yielding millet varieties released by Millet Research Station of TNAU at Athiandal for higher productivity.
  Dr. Kathirvel Govindasamy, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone VI Guwahati stated that millets may be preferred in rainfed conditions to consume the water.
  Dr. Krishnan, JDA, Krishnagiri stated that State Agriculture department support the cultivation of millets through subsidy schemes.
  Mrs. R. Jayanthi, The Project Officer, Integrated Child Development Scheme, Krishnagiri, Dr. Ranjith, Medical Officer, Anchetty have also participated in the programme and gave a talk on importance of millets and their role in healthy diets.
  The welcome address was given by Dr. T. Sundarraj, Senior Scientist & Head and vote of thanks by Mrs. S. Poomati, SMS (Home Science) of KVK Krishnagiri.
No. of Contestant: 80
No. of Participants: 400
Staff Involved: Senior Scientist & Head, All SMS and Prog. Asst.

PM Kisan Samman Sammelan and Live Webcasting

   KVK Krishnagiri organized PM Kisan Samman Sammelan and Live Webcasting of Honourable Prime Minister Dedication of 1.25 lakh Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samriddhi Kendras to the nation, Launch of Urea Gold Sulfur Coated Urea, 17,500 crore in the accounts of over 8.5 crore farmers as the 14th installment of PM Kisan Transfer of excess amount, Onboarding of over 1600 FPOS on ONDC, the Open Network for Digital Commerce, Cost of more than 3600 crores in Rajasthan inauguration of 5 medical colleges and Foundation stone of 7 medical colleges on 27.7.2023 for the benefit of farming community.
  Dr.T. Sundarraj, Senior Scientist and Head, KVK, interacted with farmers and briefed about PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) and PM Kisan Samruddhi Kendras (PMKSK) schemes to the farmers. Mr. S. Senthilkumar, SMS (Agrl. Extn) explained about the benefits of Sulphur coated Urea. Dr. S. Ramesh, SMS (Animal Science) delivered technical talk on Fodder production techniques and Disease management in Dairy farming. During this programme the farmers scientist interaction was also conducted.
  Mr. S. Praveen Babu, DDM, NABARD, Thirupathur and Mr. K. Rajan, Lead Bank Manager, Thirupathur were also participated. A total of 105 farmers participated in this programme
Total No. of Participants: 105
No. of Official: 2
Staff Involved: Senior Scientist & Head, All SMS and Prog. Asst.

International Women Day 2023

  International Women's Day was celebrated on 08-Mar-23 at Government Arts & Science College for Women, Aginayanapalli of Bargur Block, Krishnagiri based on the theme "Digital Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality".
  Dr. Pramila, Principal of Government Arts and Science College, Bargur welcomed the gathering and inaugurated the SHG Millet Exhibition and interacted on the importance of its celebration, history and significance of women empowerment in all of activity - sociality, politically & economically advancement of gender equality.
  Dr. T. Sundarraj, Senior Scientist & Head of ICAR - KVK, Krishnagiri highlighted the participants on digital marketing, digital technologies for marketing of the SHG products, gender gap in technological & digital marketing, significance of internet access and stressed the need of safe online to develop necessary digital skills for their career & livelihood advancement
  Dr. Gayathri Devi, HoD of FSM, interacted with students & women on gender, health, nutrition & security measures, digital education, ICT for social network and encouraging women with positive attitude & social empowerment. SHG women entrepreneur were honoured on this special occasion.
  Mrs. S. Poomathi, SMS (Home Science) of ICAR - KVK, Krishnagiri participated and briefed on the nutricereals, therapeutic uses, role of millets in daily life, value addition for enterprise development. There is severe incidence of malnutrition in women and children, nutritional disorder in rural areas, hence nutrition, counseling education of women & children, adolescent girls through proper awareness , on various issues, for their welling. The college students also exhibited various millet food products, poster, charts will illustration on aspects of food pyramid, balanced diet and millet nutrition.
No. of VIPs: 2
No. of Participants: 400
Staff Involved: Senior Scientist & Head, SMS (Home Science)