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Innovative Programmes

1. High Tech system for production of quality disease free seed rhizome of Turmeric & Ginger

 

     The National Consultative Meet on ginger and turmeric planting material production organized by DASD on 25th August 2014 under the chairmanship of Horticulture Commissioner had recommended for establishment of a production system for planting material of ginger and turmeric to ensure freedom from disease and maintain the purity in the planting material produced for distribution to farmers.
The meet recommended to resort to microrhizome production followed by multiplication of rhizome in soil less medium in protected structure before it is multiplied in field for distribution among farmers. Based on the recommendations, KAU has submitted a proposal for high tech production system for quality seed production in ginger and TNAU has submitted a proposal for high tech production system for quality seed production in turmeric with a cost of Rs. 4.5 Lakhs for each project.  The total financial allocation for this programme during the year 2015-16 is Rs 9.00 lakhs.

 

2. Pilot Project on Participatory mode Rehabilitation of Black Pepper Gardens (2nd year assistance)

 

      This was a three year programme, which was initiated during 2014-15. The programme was initiated based on the findings of Sugandhi project on the decline in productivity of pepper in major pepper growing areas of Kerala. The programme is  implemented in association with the KVK Panniyur of Kerala Agricultural University at Cheruthazham panchayath of Kannur District.  An Integrated approach of the soil health management, crop health management and need based plant protection measures are adopted for reclamation of the soil in the area. During 2014-15, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was coducted to discuss the problems and solutions of black pepper rehabilitation. Pepper samithies were formed for planning, implementation and monitoring of the project in the panchayath and trainings were given to the samithi for capacity building. Twenty five numbers of  farmers plots were identified for demonstration of soil reclamation activities and 1st year soil reclamation activities were initiated as proposed. Approved year-wise budget for the programme is as follows.

 

Year-wise expenditure  (Rs. in Lakhs)

Programme 1st year (2014-15) 2nd year (2015-16) 3rd year  (2016-17)
Pilot Project on Participatory mode Rehabilitation of Black Pepper Gardens 4.00

2.95

3.05
Total   (For three years)                                                             Rs. 10.00 Lakhs

3. Improvement of pepper production in Kolli hills by convergence of schemes available with various organizations (3rd year assistance)

 

      This was a three year programme, which was initiated during 2013-14. This project was conceived to give comprehensive support to pepper growers in Kolli hills, located in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu converging schemes of various government organisations dealing with pepper development such as Tamil Nadu State Horticulture Department, Spices Board, DASD and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. Under this programme the Directorate in association with TNAU have conducted a series of training programmes for farmers on various aspects of black pepper cultivation.  A baseline survey  was conducted to assess the prospects of pepper cultivation in the area, 25 small nurseries were established in farmers fields and two demonstration plots were established in selected progressive farmers field, where, scientific cultivation of black pepper with drip irrigation is adopted. The programme has shown good results.  Approved year-wise budget for the programme is as follows.

 

Year-wise expenditure  (Rs. in Lakhs )

Programme 1st year (2013-14) 2nd year (2014-15) 3rd year (2015-16)
Improvement of pepper production in Kolli hills by convergence of schemes available with various organizations 7.50 2.00 2.00
Total   (For three years)                                                               Rs. 11.50 Lakhs

4. Demonstration plot to popularize Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in cultivation of black pepper (3rd year Assistance)

 

This is a continuing programme which was initiated  in 2013-14. This is the third and final year of the programme. Under this programme the  Directorate have established  a demonstration plot of black pepper of the size of one acre at Aralam farm of Aralam Farming Corporation (Kerala) Limited, Kannur to demonstrate Good Agricultural Practices and to showcase the potential of the available cultivation technologies to produce  black pepper with high productivity . Virus free orthotropic shoots of selected varieties have been planted with live supports in the demonstration plots. The demonstration plot is well established and with drip irrigation unit also set up.   For the maintenance of this plot during the third year ie, 2015-16 an amount of Rs. 0.935 lakhs may be sanctioned.

Approved year-wise budget for the programme is as follows.

 

Year-wise expenditure  (Rs. in Lakhs)

  1st year (2013-14) 2nd year (2014-15) 3rd year (2015-16)
Demonstration plots to popularize Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in cultivation of black pepper 2.2415 0.935 0.935
Total   (For three years)                                                                      4.115 Lakhs

5. Demonstration plots for Vetiver cultivation in the coastal sandy tracts of Kerala (3rd  year assistance)

 

     This is a three year programme which was initiated during 2013-14. The Directorate has established demo plots of the superior types of vetiver adapted to the coastal sandy area in association with Kerala Agricultural University (KAU). The Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Research Station (AMPRS), Odakkali, KAU were the agency for implementing the programme.  These plots will be maintained for 18 months and then harvested and observation on growth and yield parameters will be recorded. Approved year-wise budget for the programme is as follows.

 

Year-wise expenditure (Rs. in Lakhs)

  1st year (2013-14) 2nd year (2014-15) 3rd year (2015-16)
Demonstration plots for Vetiver cultivation in the coastal sandy tracts of Kerala 2.46 3.68 3.57
Total   (For three years)                                                                Rs.   9.71 Lakhs