Conducting on-farm testing to identify the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.
Organising frontline demonstrations to establish production potential of various crops and enterprises on the farmers’ fields.
Organising need based training of farmers to update their knowledge and skills in modern agriculture technologies related to technology assessment, refinement and demonstration and training of extension personnel to orient them in the frontier areas of technology development.
Creating awareness about improved technologies to larger masses through appropriate extension programmes.
Production and supply of good quality seeds and planting materials, livestocks, poultry and fisheries breeds and products and various bio-products to the farming community.
Work as resource knowledge centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the agricultural economy of the district.
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Sadanandapuram, Kottarakkara under KAU functions as the linkage organization between the University and stakeholders in agriculture, most importantly the farmers, in Kollam district. Established in the year 1994 with the prime objective of transfer of technology coupled with evaluation and refinement of proven technologies to suit the site specific farming situation, KVK attempts to increase the net returns to farmers and also self employment opportunities among farming communities.
On Farm Testing
Several location specific trials of approved technologies were conducted by KVK, Kollam on paddy, vegetables, banana, coconut, pepper and mushroom etc. The technologies assessed over the period included management practices, INM, integration of eco friendly techniques such as traps with the conventional practices and varietal trials. The proven technologies were then carried over as Frontline Demonstrations. In all, 72 technologies were assessed /refined and 575 trials were conducted over the years.
Front Line Demonstrations
Two thousand four hundred and twelve demonstrations of 109 technologies were conducted during the period of 1997-2014. The technologies demonstrated on the farmer’s field were proven technologies suitable for the region. The crops included for the demonstrations were paddy, banana, perennial crops such as coconut, mango, pepper and vegetables such as amaranthus, cowpea, bitter gourd, bhindi, chilli etc.
KVK caters the training needs of farmers and agricultural. extension personnels in the entire district of Kollam. The major channel for transfer of technology in KVK is through training programmes which may be on campus or off campus programmes A total of 1161 one day training programmes both on and off campus were conducted during the period. The trainings were on topics related to crop production, home science, plant protection, mushroom cultivation, soap making and other income generating enterprises. Trainees included farmers and farm women, rural youth and extension functionaries. A total of 32042 persons were trained.
In addition, the subject matter specialists of KVK act as resource persons in many of the training programmes organized by Department of Agriculture, Rubber Board, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and other such agriculture related organizations.The sponsored training programmes in which the KVK scientists participated were on topics pertaining to organic farming, mushroom cultivation, fruit and vegetable preservation, plant protection, floriculture and nursery management. There were 784 programmes in this category.
Under the category of vocational trainings, 112 programmes were conducted in the thrust areas of entrepreneurship development and women empowerment during the reporting period. The duration of training varied with the topics (6 to 24 days). The topics included mushroom cultivation and spawn production, nursery management, propagation of medicinal plants, fruit processing, plant protection in vegetables and floriculture. A total of 1201 trainees participated.
Farmers field school
KVK has undertaken in all 8 FFS since 2007-2014 ranging from FFS on vegetables, banana, vegetables and homestead.