Karwar, 1st September, 2012
The National Consultation on Integrated Development of Uttara Kannada District was held at Karwar on 1st September 2012. This is the first time such an interactive meeting is held in the country. The meeting provided an excellent platform for the integration of scientific developments with traditional know-how and to identify ways and means for the holistic and efficient approaches to increase food production from agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, livestock, poultry and fisheries in Uttara Kannada District. Shri Ananthkumar Hegde, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE, and Director General, ICAR, Dr. R.R. Hanchinal Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Dr. B. Meenakumari, Deputy Director General(Fy), ICAR, Dr. Madan Mohan, Assistant Director General (Marine Fy.), ICAR, Directors of ICAR Institutes (CMFRI, CIFT, CIBA, NIANP, NDRI, IISR, CPCRI, IIHR and CIAE, ICAR Complex Goa, Directorate of Cashew Research),Heads of State Agricultural Institutions, Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka, Chairman, NABARD presented the developments in various agricultural sectors with special reference to Uttara Kannada. Smt. Imkongla Jamir, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Uttara Kannada attended the consultative programme and made a brief presentation on the resources available in the district.
The presentations and discussions that followed, listed the specific technologies developed and to be developed for the three climatic zones (Coastal, Hilly and Plain) of Uttara Kannada. High yielding disease resistant crops with short life span was found to be the most suitable paddy crop for this region. Diversification (cultivation of fruits, flowers and tuber crops) was suggested to increase production. The major points that emerged for crop sciences were
- Technology (High yielding, disease resistant seeds)
- Mechanization (Development and popularization of simple and efficient farm tools for seeding, weeding, harvesting, chaffing , de-husking, etc.,)
- Demonstration (Field demonstration of technology developed by research organizations and those practiced by farmers)
- Training Programs (Equipping farmers to efficiently use technologies developed to get higher yield)
Major issues in animal husbandry like decreased milk yield and poor growth & reproduction could be solved by increasing fodder assimilation and incorporating micro nutrients in the feed.
Major issues identified under fisheries sector were
- Increasing production (a) Capture fisheries - installation of artificial reefs (b) Culture fisheries- by deployment of cages and shellfish culture, improved feeds for cultivable fishes.
- Capacity building (Train fishers for diversified fishing, culture of fishes and shell fishes)
- Value addition (better utilization of low value fishes/shell fishes and fish waste by different processing technologies).
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR, concluded the discussions and appreciated Shri Ananthkumar Hegde, Hon’ble Member of Parliament for taking initiative to conduct this important national meeting. The discussions led to the formulation of recommendations which was formally presented to the august body by Shri. Ananthkumar Hegde, Hon’ble Member of Parliament. All recommendations were accepted and a project ‘Uthran’ for the integrated agricultural development of Uttara Kannada was proposed. Director CMFRI will be the Convener and Vice Chancellor, Universitiy of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad will be the coordinator for the project. The details of the project will be finalized after further discussions with all concerned members. Dr. S. Ayyappan, DG, ICAR and Secretary DARE assured full cooperation of ICAR Research Institutes and Agricultural Universities in Karnataka and Goa for implementing the project.