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GAINING KNOW-HOW: Schoolchildren visit an exhibition stall set up on the Krishi Vigyan Kendra campus in connection with the launch of ‘Krishi Doodh,’ a short message service for farmers, at Thelliyoor, near Thiruvalla, on Wednesday.
GAINING KNOW-HOW: Schoolchildren visit an exhibition stall set up on the Krishi Vigyan Kendra campus in connection with the launch of ‘Krishi Doodh,’ a short message service for farmers, at Thelliyoor, near Thiruvalla, on Wednesday.

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

To manufacture six fruit products; SMS facility for farmers launched

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), attached to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, has set up a fruit and vegetable preservation facilitation centre on its campus at Thelliyoor, near Thiruvalla. The KVK is run by the Christian Agency for Rural Development (CARD) in Pathanamthitta district.

Talking to The Hindu, KVK programme co-ordinator P.C. Robert said the centre with FPO licence No. A-629 would extend support to farmers and self-help groups (SHGs) by imparting training in the production of quality food products.

Dr. Robert said the KVK centre had obtained the licence to manufacture six fruit products, including jam, squash, pickle and ready-to-serve beverages.

The primary aim of the KVK venture was to facilitate income-generating ventures for entrepreneurs and SHGs.

He said the KVK laid thrust on income generation from locally available fruits such as jackfruit, fig, papaya, mango, etc., by utilising refined technologies.

Training

The KVK also conducts training programmes for farmers and SHGs to enable them to access the technology of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in fruit and vegetable products.

A. Santhakumari, district panchayat president, inaugurated the centre as part of the Technology Week celebrations on the KVK campus at Thelliyoor on Wednesday.

‘Krishi Doodh’

The KVK also launched its short message services (SMS), ‘Krishi Doodh,’ to ensure regular and prompt delivery of agricultural technologies and other information to farmers and its collaborators.

Free service

The project, launched in association with IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd (IKSL) is available free to farmers who are registered with the KVK and on helpline number 9995707478.

M.K. Sheela, Director of Extension, Kerala Agricultural University, formally launched Krishi Dhoot.

Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa, CARD president, presided over the launch ceremony held as part of the Technology Week celebrations.

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