Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh blesses programmes of KVK-Lakshadweep and declares UT of Lakshadweep as Fully Organic Territory
Hon’ble union Defence Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh blessed four major programmes of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lakshadweep of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) including presentation of the certificate of Government of India declaring the entire U.T. of Lakshadweep as Fully Organic Territory in a public function held in connection with the Lokarpan Ceremony of Mahatma Gandhi statue at Kavaratti, Lakshadweep on 02nd October 2021. The union minister presented the certificate of declaration to the Lakshadweep Administrator at the function.
Lakshadweep is the second territory/state after Sikkim to be declared fully organic. The ICAR-CMFRI-KVK-Lakshadweep under the Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) -Bengaluru is the Regional Council (RC) responsible for registering the farmers besides capacity building and issuance of certificates to the farmers/groups from time to time. Nearly, 8000 farmers have been registered with KVK-Lakshadweep as of now with the active support of the Department of Agriculture, U.T. of Lakshadweep.
The certification is under the PGS-India, a participatory organic guarantee programme of the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Govt of India. It certifies that the products and area belonging to entire territory of Lakshadweep under PGS Local Groups in all the islands registered with the Regional Council No. PGSI/NEC/RC-4733, ICAR-CMFRI-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lakshadweep is declared as PGS-India Organic in accordance with the requirements of PGS-India National Standards for Organic Production for the process of Crop Production. This certification will add vigour to the coconut production by farmers as well as to the coconut value addition enterprises in the islands paving way for increased value addition and local employment generation bringing in big economic gains for the islands.
Commissioning of Poultry Feed and Organic Manure Production Unit
The Honourable Defence Minister commissioned the Poultry Feed and Organic Manure making unit of the ICAR-CMFRI-Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Lakshadweep established in association with the ICAR-CIFT, Kochi as part of demonstrating the ICAR-CIFT’s technology for production of poultry feed and organic manure from fish wastes. The technology support is provided by the ICAR-CIFT under SWACHH BHARATH MISSION programmes of the Govt of India. The unit that can produce one tonne feed/manure per day will be operated by the Fishermen Cooperative Society, Kavaratti on commercial basis. The tuna fishery of Lakshadweep generates nearly 3000 tonnes of waste annually which can yield nearly 4000 tonnes of poultry feed/manure every year. Therefore, the technology demonstration will go a long way in promotion of enterprises for rightful use of the fish wastes for clean and hygienic islands besides generating gainful employment to the local youth.
Disbursement of coconut climbing machine and coconut sap (Neera) chiller box
Disbursement of coconut climbing machines to the identified farmers of Lakshadweep was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister Shri Rajnath Singh during the function. This is part of the Friends of Coconut tree (FoC) programme of the Coconut Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India in association with the ICAR-CMFRI-KVK-Lakshadweep. Under the programme initially, 100 young prospective climbers from different islands are being provided with training on coconut climbing using mechanical devices besides other aspects of crop management. The Minister also inaugurated the UT level demonstration of coconut sap (Neera) chiller box technology of the ICAR-CPCRI Kasaragod by the KVK by giving away the sap chiller boxes to two farmers from different islands. The ICAR-CPCRI and the ICAR-CMFRI-KVK-Lakshadweep are carrying out large scale demonstration of use of this technology including imparting “Neera” tapping skills to the young and prospective tappers besides development of various products from the sap for enhancing the income of the farmers besides employment generation.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.
This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.