Successfull Technologies in KVK


Problem
About 10% of the paddy area in Mysuru district (10,000ha) has salinity problem affecting paddy yields.

Technology characteristics
CSR 22 was assessed first in the year 2012-13 and repeated in 2013-14, against the ruling variety IR 64. There was marginal improvement in yield i.e., 50q/ha of CSR 22 as compared to 40-45q/ha of IR 64. Later, GGV-05-02, a fine grain variety, was demonstrated in the year 2016-17.

Source :
UAS Bengaluru, UAS Raichur & CSSR, Karnal

Achievements
  • GGV-05-01 (Gangavathi Sona) was said to be salt tolerant and was assessed in 2016-17. Yield-wise, GGV-05-01 is found to be on par with recommended variety CSR 22. However, being fine grain variety GGV-05-01 fetches higher price and has better marketability (Rs. 1800/q for GGV-05-01 as against Rs. 1500/q of IR 64 and CSR 22). This resulted in better BCR, 2.36 as compared to 1.97 of IR 64 offering net returns of Rs 54,500/ha which is 29% higher than IR 64.
  • The crop stand and overall performance of GGV-05-01 is impressive and hence was put into multi location trial by ZARS, Mandya (UASB) and is eventually recommended for the Zone 6.
  • The present area under GGV-05-01 is about 10ha but is likely to increase once seeds are made available in the seed chain.
Problem
Over one lakh hectare area is under paddy cultivation in Mysuru district. Declining profitability of paddy farming due to excessive use of seeds, indiscriminate use of fertilizers, agro chemicals and irrigation water. The increasing production costs have reduced profitability from paddy to less than Rs 25,000/ha.

Technology characteristics
SRI was first introduced by the KVK in 2011-12 to demonstrate reduced use of, transplanting young seedlings (12-14 day-old instead of 25-30 day-old), use of more organic matter (10 ton /ha), wider spacing for facilitating better aeration and growth, resort to mechanical weeding (cono-weeder) and wetting-and-drying method of irrigation. Demonstrations were repeated in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Also, technical assistance is being extended to NGOs promoting SRI.

Source :
UAS Bengaluru

Achievements
  • Seed rate in SRI has been brought down to 12.5 kg from 62.5kg/ha; labour cost at the time of transplanting is reduced by 50% and by 80% in weeding. The cost of production is hence reduced to about Rs. 33,000/ha in SRI method as compared to Rs 40,000/ha in conventional method.
  • In addition, the farmers have noticed reduced incidence of pests and diseases due to wider spacing and reduced plant density.
  • The experiences in irrigation water are mixed; while farmers in canal tail-end areas have reduced use of irrigation water by 50%, those who have water available in abundance have not made significant reduction in use of irrigation water.
  • SRI method has spread to about 60ha in the district, is popular among small and marginal farmers due to reduced cost and dependence on labourers for transplanting and weeding.
Problem
Ragi is a major crop of Mysuru district being grown on about 40,000ha. General practice of sowing in ragi cultivation is broadcasting; very few farmers resort to line sowing, whereas the traditional transplanting method has almost disappeared.

Technology characteristics
Guli method was demonstrated during 2017-18 on the lines of SRI method in paddy emphasizing transplanting young seedlings (14-16 day-old), wider spacing in grid shape (30 x 30 cm row-to-row and plant-to-plant) and using cycle weeder for weed management.

Source :
UAS Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The results are very encouraging; while the yield under Guli method has increased to 35q/ha from a mere 20q/ha in case of broadcasting (increase by 75%). The BCR for Guli method is 4.4 against 2.6 in broadcasting method. The net returns have more than doubled to Rs 67,500/ha from Rs. 31,000/ha - an increase by 117%.
  • The method is being practiced on about 30ha (75 farmers) in areas where cotton farmers are looking for alternative crop and paddy farmers are facing scarcity of irrigation water. The technology is found highly suitable for black soils.
Problem
KRH-4 is a recently released high yielding hybrid but has problem of lodging due to improper application of N (single dose application), potash not applied during transplanting, indiscriminate use of agro-chemicals for pest and disease management. The KVK assessed seed production in paddy hybrid KRH-4 during 2014-15. Though only one farmer attempted seed production, about 40 farmers tried commercial production of the hybrid, for which KVK mobilized the seeds. The problem of lodging was noticed by majority of these farmers.

Technology characteristics
Demonstrated ICM practices in Kharif 2015 wherein split application of N (50% at the time of transplanting, 25% after 25 days and the remaining 25% after on 45-50 days after transplanting) and basal application of K based on soil test.

Source :
UAS Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The problem of lodging was successfully overcome with split application of N.
  • The yield was 70q as against 45q/ha in check (Jyothi variety), which is 55% higher resulting in an incremental net returns of Rs. 31,300/ha (38%) more than the ruling variety Jyothi, despite lower price to the hybrid. (Price: Jyothi Rs. 1800/q, KRH-4 Rs 1600/q).
  • Presently, KHR-4 is being grown on about 400ha in Mysuru district and most of the farmers are aware of ICM practices.
Problem
In order to capture growing market for millets in Mysuru, the KVK wanted to promote local seed production.

Technology characteristics
The FLD was first taken up in 2016-17; only 4 farmer successfully produced seeds since the rainfall was inadequate during the year. The FLD was repeated with 10 farmers during 2017-18. DHLM 36-3 is a high yielding variety released by UAS Dharwad with potential yield of 21q/ha.

Source :
UAS Dharwad

Achievements
  • The farmers are getting an average seed yield of 10q/ha resulting in a net income of Rs. 22,000/ha. The significance of this returns is the commercial grain selling at less than Rs. 2,000/q fetches a net return of just Rs. 10,000/ha.
  • Thus, the farmers have realized that the net return could be doubled from millets, either by value addition or by selling the produce as seed.
  • Subsequently, foxtail millet var. DHFt 109-3 was also demonstrated on demand from farmers. About 100 farmers are growing both Little Millet and Foxtail Millet in the district at present.
Problem
About 30% of the total cultivable land in Mysuru i.e. 1.04 lakh ha is under paddy cultivation; the variety preferred by majority farmers is Jyothi. Due to poor seed replacement the crop is often affected by blast and blight diseases so much, so the Dept. of Agriculture had stopped distribution of Jyothi seeds on subsidy for a few years.

Technology characteristics
Jyothi variety has particularly high demand in Kerala as it is consumed as parboiled rice. Hence, it has ready market and often fetches better price to farmers compared to medium and even fine rice varieties.

Source :
KAU, Kerala

Achievements
  • The KVK mobilized Breeder Seeds from KAU, Kerala in the year 2016 and took up large scale seed production on 10ha.
  • About 200q Foundation Seeds were sold to farmers ensuring seed replacement on about 340 ha. This in turn has gone as Certified Seed, through NSC and private agencies, to 22,500ha. The KVK, on its own, has further spread the seeds to 83 ha in 2017 (Kharif) and 290 ha in summer 2018. This way, the KVK has ensured seed replacement on about 20% of paddy area.
  • The KVK has realized high returns on account of sale of Jyothi seeds as the commercial paddy fetches an average Rs 2000/q while the seed sell @ Rs 4000/q thus, doubling the net returns to about Rs. 1 lakh /ha.
Problem
About 11,500ha is under field bean cultivation in Mysuru, mostly concentrated in and around Hunsur taluk. The farmers use local varieties, which are spreading type, have growing period of 4 months. As the crop is season-specific almost entire crop is planted and harvested around the same time (September-October to December-January) often leading to glut and hence poor price to farmers (price range Rs. 5 to 25/kg)

Technology characteristics
The KVK demonstrated both the variety HA 4 and seed production techniques in 2013-14. HA 4 is photo-insensitive variety, can be grown throughout the year, is bush type unlike the spreading type of local varieties, and has a shorter growing period (90 days).

Source :
UAS, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The KVK promoted the idea of taking advantage of good market price in the early part of the season before the local varieties start yielding; the farmers could leave the next flushes for seed purpose as the price goes down with arrival of harvests from local varieties.
  • Ten farmers were trained on agronomic practices, nutrient-pest-disease management and seed production techniques.
  • The green pod equivalent yield of HA 4 was about 9q/ha, which is 3q (30%) more compared to local varieties. However, the farmers were advised to retain about 30% of the pods for seed purpose, producing about one quintal seeds, fetching Rs. 9,000 @ Rs 9,000/q while 6q green pods earned Rs. 12,000 @ Rs 2,000/q).
Problem
About 8,000 ha is under banana cultivation in Mysuru district, about 4,000 ha of this area is under Yellaki and the remaining 4000 ha is under G-9, Nendran and other varieties. The potential yield of Yellaki is 45t/ha while the district average of 25t/ha; similarly, the potential yield of G-9 is 120t/ha against the meager district average of 60t/ha.

Technology characteristics
The low yield and profitability of G-9 prompted the KVK to take up demonstration of high density planting method for four years during the years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 with an objective to demonstrate better utilization of natural resources like soil, water, light and applied inputs like fertilizers and plant protection chemicals.
The technology demonstrated was 2m X 1.2m X 1.2m paired row zig-zag method of planting accommodating 5,200 plants/ha (G-9 variety) which is 70% higher plant density compared to the farmers’ practice / recommended method of 1.8m X 1.8m (3,085 plants/ha). The additional 2,115 plants require extra fertilizer worth Rs. 84,600 and extra drip laterals worth Rs. 9,900/ha. While the average production cost in farmers practice is Rs.2,45,771/-, the cost for high density planting is Rs. 3,47,666/- (41% more).

Source :
NRCB, Tirichy

Achievements
  • The demo was conducted with 14 farmers in four years (8 ha). The average yield was 87.45 t/ha against the check yield of 55.65 t/ha (57.14% more). This has provided an average Rs. 1,98,036/ha additional income to the farmers (71.70% more).
  • The added benefits of the technology are, the bunch weight and fruit size gets reduced in high density planting method due to competition, especially compromising sunlight. The reduced size of the fruits has better marketability; the shade effect also leads to reduced weed growth.
  • About 30 farmers are adopting this method in the district on an area of 20 ha.
Problem
About 10,000 ha area is under horticulture crops in Mysuru; tomato is one of the major vegetable crop cultivated in the district. Farmers are largely growing private hybrids and the average yields are 40t/ha. Apart from many pests and diseases, blight is a major problem. Pests and diseases together are causing yield loss to the extent of 20-30%.

Technology characteristics
The KVK demonstrated Arka Rakshak hybrid, which is resistant to tomato leaf curl virus (ToLCV), Bacterial wilt and Early blight. The fruits are firm and hence have longer shelf life and are suitable for long distance transport.

Source :
IIHR, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The demonstrations were conducted with 19 farmers (8ha) during 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • The pest and disease incidence in demo was 10% less compared to check. The average yield was 61 t/ha as against 44 t/ha in check plots with net returns of Rs. 1, 24,000/ha versus Rs.74, 000/ha in check (68% higher) with a BCR of 2.54: 2.07, respectively.
  • Arka Rakshak hybrid has since become popular in the district; the KVK alone has been mobilizing seeds for about 50 farmers (30 ha) every year.
Problem
About 1.2 lakh ha area is under paddy in Mysuru district, the pests and diseases together are causing yield loss to the extent of 50%. The diseases viz., Blast, Udbatta and Sheath blight cause yield loss to the extent of 33%. Among the diseases, Blast alone is causing yield loss to the extent of 22% and farmers are not practicing seed treatment to combat the diseases.

Technology characteristics
The blast management technology is assessed in 2013-14 and 2014-15 with 10 farmers covering an area of 5 ha. The seeds were treated with Combi product (Carbendazim 25% + Mancozeb 50%) @ 4g/kg seeds against no seed treatment and spraying of Tricylozole @ 0.6 g/l @ boot leaf stage. The percent disease incidence (PDI) was recorded @ Nursery stage 20 DAS, 30,60 & 90 days after transplanting.

Source :
UAS, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The least incidence of Blast disease with more yield was recorded in case of use of seed treatment with Combi product (Carbendazim 25% + Mancozeb 50%) wherein the PDI was 1.52 % and yield was 52.93 q/ha against Tricyclozole spray (PDI-7.37 % and yield – 49.39 q/ha) whereas in case of no seed treatment the data were 13.27% PDI with yield of 44.90 q/ha. Seed treatment reduced the number of sprays by 3 and it saved production cost of Rs.3,708/- per ha.
  • Incremental yield of 17.88% with a net profit of Rs.10, 034/- per ha produced BCR of 1.93 as against 1.65 that of check.
  • As a result of demonstrations conducted in 2 years followed by training, advisory services and awareness programmes, about 36,000 ha of paddy growing area is now witnessing farmers practicing seed treatment technology in the district. The technology is highly suitable to overcome the seed borne and air borne pathogens of paddy.
Problem
Over 10,000 ha area is under horticulture crops; Tomato is one of the important crops. Indiscriminate use of pesticides, non adoption of integrated approach and lack of awareness about the sucking pests and diseases is causing yield loss to the extent of 30%.

Technology characteristics
The technology demonstration was initiated in 2012-13 and continued in 2014-15 with 10ha about 20 farmers, by demonstrating Mari gold as trap crop (1:16), seed treatment with Trichoderma, installation of sticky traps (Yellow & Blue), funnel trap with Helilure, Tricho card , Ha NPV spray and need-based sprays of pesticide to manage sucking pests (viz., thrips, whiteflies, mites), fruit borers and diseases like wilt, early and late blight. The technology is eco-friendly.

Source :
IIHR, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The pest and disease incidence was recorded at 30-day interval after transplanting i.e., 30, 60, 90 and 120 days. The least per cent infestation of sucking pest was 18.00% against 31.50% (Control). The percent disease incidence of late blight was 42.30% in demo against 49.40% in check.
  • Yield increased by 43.75% with reduced fruit borer, sucking pest infestation on account of timely installation of Tricho card, funnel traps with Helilure and sticky traps.
  • On an average 46 t/ha tomato was harvested from demo plots against 32 t/ha (43.75 % incremental yield over control). The net profit of Rs.48, 933/ ha was obtained over control.
  • As a result of demonstration conducted in 2 years followed by training, advisory services and awareness programmes, the area covered under this technology is about 500 ha despite farmers’ reluctance to adopt the technology because of frequent price fluctuation in the market.
Problem
Over 10,000 ha area is under horticulture crops in Mysuru; chilli is one among the important crops. Indiscriminate use of pesticides, non adoption of integrated approaches and lack of awareness about sucking pests and diseases is leading to yield losses to the extent of 20-25%.

Technology characteristics
The technology was first demonstrated in 2014-15 and continued in 2015-16, with 10ha and 25 farmers, by application of neem cake + Trichoderma, Sticky traps (Yellow and Blue) installation, neem oil spray and need based spray pesticides to combat thrips, whiteflies, fruit borers, anthracnose and die back. The technology is eco-friendly.

Source :
IIHR, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The sucking pest population and disease incidence was recorded at 30-days interval. The lowest sucking pest population and fruit borer infestation was 30.46% and 1.59%, respectively. The Sticky traps and neem oil sprays reduced the sucking pest population resulting in reduced number of sprays (3 nos.) and saved cost around Rs. Rs.5,100/ha.
  • On an average 15.10 t green chilli were harvested per hectare against 12.22 tons/ha in check plots. The incremental yield was 16.10% with a net profit of Rs.26, 322/ ha with BCR of 2.46 in demo versus 1.84 in check plots.
  • As a result of demonstrations conducted in 2 years followed by training, advisory services and awareness programmes, the technology has spread to about 1,250 ha in the Mysuru district and is contributing to reduced no. of sprays. Early setting up of sticky traps with timely spraying of neem oil are the key practices.
Problem
Over 10,000 ha area is under horticulture crops in Mysuru; Brinjal is another important crop of the district. Indiscriminate use of pesticides, non adoption of integrated approaches and lack of awareness about the shoot and fruit borer management is causing major yield loss to the extent of 30%.

Technology characteristics
The technology was initiated in 2016-17 and repeated in 2017-18 in 8 ha area involving 20 farmers by demonstrating water traps with Luci lures at 25th DAP @ 6 traps/ac, release of Trichogramma @ 60,000/ac /wk, spray with Neem oil and Bt formulation, 2 times, to combat Shoot and fruit borer infestation. The technology is eco-friendly.

Source :
IIHR, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The infestation of shoot and fruit borer was recorded @ each picking; on an average 10.8 q/ha infested fruits were collected in demo plots as compared to 27.6 q /ha in control and good quality fruits harvested in demo plots were 482 q/ha as against 335 q/ha in control.
  • The data was collected from 14 pickings; the infestation of shoot and fruit borer is reduced by 60.87 % owing to timely installation of Tricho cards and water traps with lures. The sprays reduced by 10 numbers saving Rs. 6,325/ha.
  • The net profit was Rs. 1,96,328/ha in demo with an incremental yield of 36.13% over check.
  • As a result of demonstrations conducted in 2 years followed by training, advisory services and awareness programmes, the area covered under this technology is about 50 ha and farmers are not responsive about the use of egg parasite –Tricho cards and are not showing interest to install weekly.
Problem
Over 50,000 ha is under Bt cotton in Mysuru, largely Bt cotton; Indiscriminate use of pesticides, non adoption of integrated approaches and lack of awareness about sucking pests like, Thrips, White fly, Mealy bug, Aphid and Stem weevil and diseases is causing yield reduction to the extent of 30 %.

Technology characteristics
The technology was initiated in 2016-17 and repeated in 2017-18 in 8 ha area with 22 farmers by demonstrating application of Neem, seed treatment and drenching with Trichoderma, installation of sticky traps (Yellow & Blue), spray with Azadirachtin @ 3 ml/l and need-based sprays of pesticides to manage sucking pests infestation.

Source :
UAS, Bengaluru and Dharwad

Achievements
  • Sucking pest infestation was recorded at 30-day interval i.e., 30, 60, 90 and 120 days. Lowest population of Thrips, whiteflies and aphid was found i.e., 5.04 (No), 5.25 (No) and 19.84 % against control 6.25 (No), 7.99 (No) and 20.84 % @ each interval. The technology has reduced number of sprays from 6 to 4 and saved Rs. 3,100/ha largely owing to setting up of yellow and blue sticky traps in the beginning (25 DAS) and well-timed spray of Azadirachtin resulting in reduction of sucking pests in Cotton.
  • The net profit of Rs. 35,588/ ha with an incremental yield of 27.5%was recorded in demo plots. On an average, farmers harvested 14.96 q/ha from demo versus 11.73 q/ha from control plots and the BCR was 2.54 and 2.25, respectively.
  • The demonstrations conducted in 2 years followed by training, advisory services, awareness programmes, group meetings and method demonstration of sticky traps and other technologies have helped spread the technology to about 10,000 ha in the district.
Problem
Inadequate milk among lactating tribal mothers due to malnutrition leads to under-nutrition among infants. This is largely due to lack of awareness among tribal families about locally available nutritious food and importance of critical child care practices. There are 366 tribal families rehabilitated in 3 settlements in Mysuru district, one in HD Kote and two in Hunsur taluk. According to ICMR recommendation the per capita consumption of cereals is 400g/day. While the national average is 396g/day, the per capita consumption among tribals in Mysuru district is a meager 160g/day.

Technology characteristics
The technology was demonstrated during the year 2015-16 and in 2016-17 with 57 tribal lactating women and infants selected from the two taluks. The KVK demonstrated use of locally available red rice (200g/day for 30 days for trial, to be continued for 6 months), in gruel form (becomes 600g when cooked with water), to be consumed thrice a day along with locally available fruits and leafy vegetables (200g/day). While red rice is rich in minerals (iron and zinc), polyphenols and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables provide the much needed vitamins, minerals and fibre that help in improving maternal health.

Source :
UAS, Dharwad

Achievements
  • The results showed that the haemoglobin level among the mothers increased from 9.83 to 10.80g/dl (9.86%) and their average body weight improved from 41.69 kg to 42.90 kg (3%). The time taken to feed the baby increased from 10 to 19 minutes while the frequency of feeding reduced from 18 to 14 times per day.
  • Similarly, the height and weight of the infants increased from 54.7 to 60 cm (9.68%) and 4.59 to 5.73kg (24.83%), respectively.
  • Out of 366 tribal families red rice is now being consumed by 170 families; another 60 families are demanding red rice from the NGO working with the tribal’s.
Problem
High cost and non availability of fresh vegetables on a regular basis is resulting in inadequate consumption of fresh vegetables among tribals families. According to ICMR recommendation, the per capita consumption of vegetables is 300g/day; while the national average is 49g, the per capita consumption among tribals in Mysuru district is a meagre 12.50g, which is only 4.17% of the requirement.

Technology characteristics
Demonstration was conducted during the year 2016-17 and 2017-18 with 20 tribal households and 5 schools also in tribal settlements. The tribal women and school children were trained on nutrition aspects followed by cultivation practices of nutrition garden and 25 nutrition gardens were established. The women and children were involved in cultivation of 10 different vegetables in each garden for 6 months.

Source :
UAS, Dharwad

Achievements
  • During the demonstration, 760kg vegetables were produced over a period of 6 months in each of the 25 gardens of average size 0.001 ha. This is equivalent to consumption of 63.29g vegetables per day per person, 5 times more than the average consumption among tribal families. However, it is still only 21.10% of the actual requirement.
  • The money that the families would have spent on buying vegetables is saved to the extent of Rs. 8,000; in addition, each family earned an average Rs.4,800 by selling excess vegetables after meeting home needs.
  • One school and 5 households (25% of the gardens established) are continuing to grow vegetables with an average annual production of 1500kg, under protected irrigation.
  • Growing of vegetables by self has increased interest among subjects to consume vegetables everyday and the money spent on buying vegetables is also saved. Among children, establishment of nutrition garden has helped to get hands-on experience.
Problem
Shortfall in adoption of recommended level of stocking, feeding, siltation and weed infestation in perennial water tanks are the main reasons for under exploitation of fishery potential. Low productivity of local common carp and underutilization of total pond productivity is particularly affecting profitability of fish production in farm ponds.

Technology characteristics
Assessment of high yielding Amur common carp in fish ponds under monoculture and poly-culture system (Catla : Jayanthi Rohu : Common Carp – 4:3:3) during the year 2014-15. Amur common carp has higher survival rate and body weight compared to local common carp.

Source :
UAS, Dharwad

Achievements
  • The demo yield was 3,390 kg/ha as against 2,064 kg/ha in farmers’ monoculture practice, which is 64% more (BCR 2.36: 1.86)
  • About 18% of the farmers in Kabini command area (H.D. Kote) are adopting Amur Common Carp in poly-culture system.
Problem
Over 10,450 fisher families are engaged in fish enterprise in Mysuru district. The Dept. of Fisheries is the only source of fish seed, non availability of quality seed material and poor pond and feed management lead to poor survival rate and small size of the fish fingerlings.

Technology characteristics
Demonstration was conducted with 5 farmers during 2017-18. Fish pond management: Manuring of pond with cow dung @ 2 tons/ac in 3 splits; 1st dose applied 15 days prior to release of fish spawn followed by the next 2 doses, one each at 2nd and 3rd month of rearing period. Aquatic weeds were removed before stocking of spawn to improve the dragging efficiency.
Standard Stocking Density and Feeding Schedule: Catla spawns (3-day old) were released @ 12 lakh nos. /ac. Supplementary diet of finely powdered and sieved groundnut oilcake and rice bran in 1:1 mixture (5 % of the body weight of growing fingerlings), twice a day, half in the morning and half in the evening preferably when wind is not blowing.

Source :
KVAFSU, Bidar

Achievements
  • Out of 12 lakh spawns/ac, 5.4 lakh fingerlings (45%) survived 75 days of rearing. and fish fingerling size increased from 40 mm to 100 mm in length as compared to farmers’ traditional practice.
  • At an average expenditure of Rs. 92,700 farmers reaped Rs. 2,70,000 gross income from the sale of fingerlings; the net returns were Rs. 1,77,300, which is 1,12,300 more than the returns from their traditional practice. The 173 percent higher returns meant more than double the returns.
  • 60 farmers were trained on quality fish seed rearing in their ponds out of which 15 are farmers producing fish fingerlings.
Problem
Banana is a major fruit crop of Mysuru district with about 8,000ha area under banana cultivation. The district average productivity is 25 tons/ha whereas the potential yields are 45 t/ha (44% gap). High incidences of fusarium wilt, sigatoka leaf spot, pseudo stem weevil and root grub apart, mono cropping and the hidden hunger - deficiency of secondary and micro nutrients - is the major reason behind low yields in banana.

Technology characteristics
Banana Special is a micro-nutrient formulation meant for foliar spray, which enhances fruit and bunch size as also the yield. It is a proprietary product developed and the KVK has procured license for production and distribution in October 2010.

Source :
IIHR, Bengaluru

Achievements
  • The KVK has popularized Banana Special in the district through On Farm Trial (OFT), FLD and training events.
  • Use of Banana Special is directly contributing to healthier banana plants, an average 10 per cent yield improvement, uniform and good quality fruits and bunches
  • The KVK has produced and supplied 40,478 kg Banana Special to over 4,000 farmers covering approximately 1,800 ha area (4,500 ac), in the 8 years.
  • As a result of the concerted efforts of the KVK, there has been a constant increase in the area and productivity of banana (tissue culture) in the district.
Problem
Farmers are incurring about 20-30 % extra expenditure on agricultural inputs, especially on seeds, agro chemicals and micronutrients in the absence of trustworthy, technically competent sources of information, technologies and inputs.

Source :
CDB, Kerala

Achievements
  • The KVK initiated the innovative ‘Agri Clinic’ during July 2013 combining free advisory services and sale of agricultural inputs at reasonable prices
  • Agri clinic is a social enterprise that offers technical advice and good quality inputs. The objective is to promote technologies and to save farmers’ production cost, especially on chemical inputs by rationalising their use.
  • The KVK has provided advice and inputs to 35,685 farmers as on 30.06.2018 at an average of 28 farmers personally visiting the agri clinic every day. The total transaction has crossed Rs. 2.60 crores at an average RS 20,600 per day.
  • Agri Clinic has become a successful model of ‘Demand-driven Extension Service’ where farmers are getting technology as well as inputs from experts, at one place, on one-to-one basis.
Problem
Majority coconut farmers are now facing paucity of skilled workers to harvest coconuts. Poor management practices are further affecting the profitability of 10,000ha coconut orchards in Mysuru district.

Achievements
  • The KVK, with the financial and equipment assistance from the Coconut Development Board, started training local youth in the year 2014-15 and continued till 2016-17.
  • The KVK has trained 450 youths in 3 years out of which about 150 youths are earning about Rs. 750/day by providing technical assistance including nutrient, pest and disease management and by harvesting nuts.,
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