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Peruvannamuzhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra wins best KVK award

26 November, 2012

Kozhikode: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) and Nizagara (Nizagara Online) has bagged the award for the best KVK in the South Zone for the year 2011. The award was given by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for KVK’s outstanding contributions in the field of extension education.

IISR Director Dr. M Anandaraj and KVK Programme Coordinator Dr. T Arumuganathan received the award from Sharad Pawar, Union minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries during the last week at CIPHET, Ludhiana.

Peruvannamuzhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra wins best KVK award

The award committee also praised the activities of KVK like technology transfer programmes in agriculture and allied sectors, training programmes to unemployed women and youth such as mechanized coconut climbing, fresh water fish culture, etc. The award includes a certificate, citation and a cash prize of rupees four lakh.

New spice varieties recommended for release

01 October, 2012

Kozhikode: The 23rd National Meeting of the All Indian Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS), which was concluded here at the Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode on Monday, recommended several technologies and varieties of spices with improved performance for release and commercialization.

The three day workshop, which was attended by nearly 100 spice workers across the country, witnessed serious deliberations on latest research findings by various AICRPS centres and also prioritized research areas for the next five year plan.

Around eleven technologies on spice production and management were considered for transfer to the farming community. Ten varieties of spices including one in cardamom, one in turmeric, one in clove, two in coriander, two in fennel, two in fenugreek and one in ajowain were recommended for release.

Dr S. Edison, Former Director of Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum and Dr. V A Parthasarathy, Emeritus Scientist and former director of IISR chaired the plenary session.

Dr. Edison mooted the idea of developing a code for organic production of spices with strict guidelines on bio-safety issues by IISR. He also stressed the need for avoiding duplication of germplasm and de-notification of old varieties that are obsolete but are still in vogue.

Dr M. Anandaraj, Director of IISR, Dr Balraj Singh, Director of National Research Centre for Seed Spices and Dr K. Nirmal Babu, Project Coordinator for AICRPS also spoke. Dr. S Devasahayam welcomed the gathering and Dr. T John Zachariah proposed the vote of thanks.

Improve urban horticulture for food and nutritional security

29 September, 2012

Kozhikode: Proper documentation of spice biodiversity to safeguard bio-piracy of spices germplasm and development of urban horticulture for food and nutritional security are some of the key areas to be addressed in the next five year plan," said Dr. Umesh Srivastava, Assistant Director General (Horticulture), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

He was inaugurating the 23rd National Group Meeting of the research workers of All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) at the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) here on Saturday.

Improve urban horticulture

"Development of varieties for different agro-ecological zones of the country is also the need of the hour," he added. Dr. Srivastava also stressed the need for development of varieties which are resistant to biotic and abiotic stress vis-à-vis climate change and green chemicals for crop management.

IISR Director Dr M. Anandaraj, who welcomed the gathering, urged the AICRPS fraternity to work on developing location specific technologies with an eye on commercialization.

Dr V A Parthasarathy, Emeritus Scientist and former Director of IISR, in his presidential address wanted the spice workers to concentrate on secondary agriculture so as to enhance productivity by at least 30 per cent in the next plan.

More than 100 researchers across the country will present their research findings on vital issues ailing spices cultivation in the country during various technical sessions. The workshop will conclude on Monday, October 1, 2012.

Dr K. Nirmal Babu, Project Coordinator of AICRPS, proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Balraj Singh, Director, National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer and Dr. E V D Sastry of Rajasthan Agricultural University, Jobner, also spoke.

IISR to host annual meeting of AICRPS

26 September, 2012

The Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode, will be hosting the 23rd annual group meeting of the All Indian Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) from September 29 to October 1 at its campus in Chelavoor, Calicut.

The meeting will bring together scientists, policy makers, administrators, farmers and spice workers across the country to explore radical and innovative ways to steam roll spices research in the 12th plan.

The high level exchange of findings on the state of the art of spice cultivation involving crop improvement, biotechnology, crop production, crop protection and techno interventions would act as a catalyst to cement India’s position as the front runner in spices production. More than 100 research workers on spices are expected to present their research findings during the sessions.

Dr. Umesh Srivastava, Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR, New Delhi will inaugurate the meeting on Saturday at 10 am at the Silver Jubilee Hall of IISR. IISR Director Dr M. Anandaraj, Director of National Research Centre on Seed Spices (NRCSS), Ajmer Dr Balraj Singh, and Project Coordinator of AICRPS Dr K. Nirmal Babu will also address the meeting.

The All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS), a project of Indian Council of Agricultural research (ICAR), is located in Kerala with its head quarters at Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut. The AICRPS which started with 14 centres in 12 states has grown to 34 centres spread over 21 states of the country, representing various agro climatic zones suitable for spices cultivation.

Goa Speaker visits IISR

17 November, 2011

Kozhikode: Pratap Singh Rane, the honorable Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, visited the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) Kozhikode here on Thursday. IISR Director Dr. M Anandaraj and other scientists received him at the Institute guest house.

He visited the Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC), Library and research laboratories an interacted with the scientist on various aspects of spice cultivation and the ongoing research projects of the Institute. He was also briefed with the 11th Plan priorities of the Institute such as mechanization, secondary agriculture and value addition to exploit the medicinal and therapeutic properties of various spice crops.

Goa Speaker

Interacting with the scientists, he raised his concern on shortage of labour and stressed the need for mechanization in agriculture. He also hoped that despite various ups and downs in the sector, agriculture should survive.

A successful progressive farmer himself, Rane was very eager to know the various aspects of spice cultivation, especially black pepper. Dr. M Anandaraj and other scientists also briefed him about various black pepper varieties developed by IISR.

Coconut plucking is no longer a male bastion

8 November, 2011

"Kozhikode: Coconut plucking is no longer a male bastion as the first batch of all women ‘Friends of Coconut’ in the state completed their six day training at the Peruvannamuzhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) Kozhikode.A group of 20 women between 20 and 35 years of age from Perambra in Calicut district has proved that gender is not a barrier for them before the “heights” of coconut trees.

The training was organised as part of the “Friends of Coconut Tree” programme being implemented by the Coconut Development Board to train unemployed youth in the art of climbing coconut trees and caring for them.

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“This is the first “all women” training programme on coconut climbing conducted in the entire state,” said Dr. M Anandaraj, Director, IISR. “The training will help them to take up this as a profession,” he added.

The programme covered introduction to coconut palm, climate, soil requirements and varieties, sessions on climbing machine-main parts, working and trial, nutrient management, recycling of palm waste, intercropping and mixed cropping, etc.

Besides practical lessons on climbing coconut trees, sessions were also held on harvesting, tender and mature nut identification, Identification of pests and disease of coconut and their management, crown cleaning aspects, seed nut procurement, safe handling of seed nuts and tender nuts, coconut nursery and its management etc.

Physical exercise towards the beginning of each day’s training was another highlight of the programme. According the trainees, coconut climbing is an easy task and they felt no physical exhaustion while using the machine. During the last session of the training, a “Coconut Olympics” was also conducted in which the trainees were able to climb the palms within 48- 50 seconds.

“KVK is now in the process of establishing a “Coconut Climbers’ Bank” in which the people trained from KVK can register their names. Anyone who needs the services of a coconut climber can contact the bank and avail the services of registered coconut climbers in their own at a reasonable rate. Thus this scheme will be beneficial to both the customer and climber,” says Dr. T Arumuganathan, Programme coordinator, KVK Peruvannamuzhi.

Dr. M Anandaraj distributed the free climbing machines to the participants while T. Devi, Kerala State Women’s Commission member gave away the certificates to the participants at the valedictory function of the training on Tuesday at Peruvannamuzhi. P A Mathew, head, IISR Experimental Farm, Dr. J Rema, Dr. K V Saji, A Deepthi also spoke.

Vigilance Awareness Week celebrations conclude at IISR

5 November, 2011

"Fight against corruption should begin from the self and be honest always even when you are forced to be corrupt,” said Dr. M Anandaraj, Director, Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode. He was talking at the valedictory function of the Vigilance Awareness Week celebrations at IISR on Saturday

The theme of this year’s celebrations was “Participative Vigilance”. The celebrations started on 31st October with a pledge by the staff member to wipe out corruption from all spheres of life. The institute conducted various competitions such as slogan writing, quiz, elocution, etc for the staff members.

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Cartoon contest for high school students

As part of the vigilance awareness celebrations, the Institute conducted a cartoon contest for the high school students. Around 15 students studying between 8 - 10th standards participated in the contest. Thejas E M of Silver Hills Public School, Kozhikode, and Arjun K J of St. Joseph's Boys' Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode won the first and second prizes respectively, whereas Kevin Manuel of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur and Sarang Mohan M of Savio Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode won the consolation prizes.

IISR Director Dr. M Anandaraj gave away prizes to the winners. Dr. S. Devasahayam, Vigilance Officer, and Dr K. Kandiannan, Senior Scientist, also spoke during the occasion.



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