KANNUR: It is a museum that showcases innovations by farmers.
The exhibits on display during the Farmers' Science Congress, organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kannur, at Panniyur over two years ago are now being permanently displayed at a museum on the KVK campus.
The M.J. Joseph Farmers' Science Museum, named after an innovative farmer in the region, was opened by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Chief General Manager K.C. Shashidhar at a function on Tuesday.
The museum, set up in partnership with NABARD, aims at highlighting the important role played by farmers in improving farm practices and development of the sector. Most of the inventions on display at the museum are low-cost, farmer-friendly and easy for fellow farmers to adopt.
“The popularity of these inventions is presently confined to localities where they have been developed by local innovative farmers,” K. Abdul Kareem, Head and professor at the KVK, which is under Kerala Agricultural University, said.
The museum would cater to the needs of the farmers, rural entrepreneurs and industrialists visiting the KVK campus, Dr. Kareem said. The visitors could learn more about the inventions for commercialising and popularising them, he said.
The inventions include a simple device for water management in coconut farming, electronic and mechanical rat trap, a climate-controlled custom-made shed for mushroom cultivation, a digital incubator for hatching, a modified curing house for drying cardamom, and a mechanism for harvesting pepper.
Dr. Kareem said the museum would help people understand the talents of the ‘scientist' farmers and serve as an alternative source of farm information/technologies.
KAU Extension Director M.K. Sheela was present at the function.