The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi organised the New India Manthan: Sankalp Se Siddhi programme on 24th August at the ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi. Prof. K V Thomas, Member of Parliament, Ernakulam Constituency was the Chief Guest of the programme. He inaugurated the programme and administered the New India pledge.
Dr Pravin Puthra, Additional Director General of Indian Council of Agriculture (ICAR) explained the seven-point development strategies for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. A Malayalam translation of this write up was read and distributed to the farmers as well as media. An inspitational film re-mixed in local language was screened during the occasion. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI presided. Dr Shinoj Subramanian, Head of Ernakulam KVK and Dr N Aswathy spoke on the occasion.
In addition, a farmer-scientist interface meeting also was conducted on the occasion. During the interface meeting, farmers raised questions about the organic vegetable farming, dairying, egg production, meat production, fish farming, soil management, organic fertilisers and value addition. Experts from CMFRI, Kerala Agricultural University and KVK answered their questions. Around 200 farmers attended the programme. All farmers were presented with a kit consisting of useful seeds and KVK publications.