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KADS IDUKKI ORGANIC PROJECT

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Introduction

The Idukki Organic Project is introduced in Idukki District, Kerala State by KADS Idukki in the year 2002 for the sustainability of Idukki District. The project aims to the small and marginal farmers.

The object of the project:-

ü  To aware the farmers about the need of organic farming.

ü  To make the soil fertile.

ü  Self-sufficiency of the organic foods.

ü  To assure soil and water conservation.

ü  To assure the certification of the farms.

ü  The sustainability of Idukki District and the farmers.

ü  To develop the organic marketing system.

About ICS

IFOAM definition: An Internal Control System (ICS) is a documented quality assurance system that allows an external certification body to delegate the annual inspection of individual group members to an identified body/unit within the certified operator.

This means, in practice that a growers group basically controls all farmers for compliance with organic production rules according to defined procedures. The organic certification body then mainly evaluates whether the Internal Control System is working well and efficiently. The evaluation is done by checking the ICS documentation system and staff qualifications and re-inspecting some farmers.


Criteria for Participation of Farmers

ü  Open to all committed organic farmers irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

ü  Should follow rules and regulations which are provided in farmer's contract between farmers and licensee in simple and local language.

ü  Interested farmers can submit their assessment application in Idukki KADS office, Thodupuzha.

ü  They should also follow the ICS rules and regulations.

ü  Should keep the copy of National Standards.

ü  Should also keep the monthly circulars of ICS.

ü  Should attend the awareness programs of ICS.

ü  Should maintain the farmers dairy correctly

Internal Control System

ICS was established to ensure quality organic farming, processing, storage and marketing. The farmer's agreement comprises all essential elements of regulation 2092/91 and ICS regulations. The ICS aims to ensure the certification cost as low as possible.

Structure of Internal Control System

Abbreviations

O.C.G = Organic Cell Group.

O.D.C = Organic District Committee

ICS Staff

Director:  K.G Antony

Executive Director:  G. Pankajashan Nair

Co-ordinator:  Lalithambika Salin

Internal Inspector: Ratheesh Raj
Ajith Kumar K.S

 

 


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Ornamental Fish Farmers Association, Kerala

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Mr. Venugopal
The Secretary OFFA, Kerala
Anandamandiram, PO Kuthiathode, Alappuzha, Kerala – 688 533.

 

Ornamental Fish Farmers Association
Kerala, Reg. No. ER 754/2009
Mob: +91 9946861528
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Objectives of Kuttanad Package

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  • Promotion of natural water flow, dilute pollutants & enhance ecological health
  • Minimize the adverse ecological impact on closure of the barrage and elimination of waterweeds.
  • Reproduction of native fishes, prawns and shells.
  • Cut down the solid waste pollution.  Water quality monitoring will help in checking efficacy of taken measures and deciding need for additional measures.
  • Elimination of insitu water pollution in Kuttanad
  • Minimization of chances of major crop loss during flood, improve de-watering operation.
  • Promote better rice cultivation, reduction in cost of cultivation and switching to one rice-one fish farming mode.
  • Increased fish production, improved livelihood for fishing community and increased availability of better quality fish or food.
  • Spreading the economic impact of tourism.
  • Accessing all round information and strengthening knowledge-based decision making.

Goal

  • To achieve holistic attention to conservation, cultivation, consumption and commerce
  • To promote a scientific water salinity management and flood control strategy in the Vembanad Lake which will help to harness the needs of both paddy and fish cultivation.
  • To improve the productivity and profitability of rice – fish farming systems and to promote multiple livelihood opportunities in garden lands through crop-livestock integration and biomass utilization.
  • The achieve a small farm management revolution through the spatial reorganization of Padasekharams and the provision of essential centralized services like farm equipment, threshing, drying and storage facilities, agri-clinics, agri-business centres and computer-aided knowledge centres to support decentralized small scale production.
  • To develop the six agronomic zones of Kuttanad, namely Kayal Lands, Lower Kuttanad, Upper Kuttaanad, North Kuttanad, Purakkadu Kari and Vaikom Kari, in an integrated manner based on principles of ecology, economics, gender equity and employment generation.
  • To introduce credit and insurance systems which will help to minimize risks from floods and other natural calamities and ensure income and work security.
  • To improve marketing infrastructure in order to help in avoiding distress sales, particularly of perishable commodities, and to add value to primary products through agro-processing.
  • To develop a brand name for the farm products of Kuttanad based on strict quality control and observance of Codex alimentarius standards of food safety.
  • To strengthen the research and training infrastructure.
  • To achieve convergence and synergy among numerous ongoing programmes.

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA SCHEMES

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A. Ministry of Water Resources: The Ministry of Water Resources has agreed to fund the following tasks under the following Schemes

I. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (Assistance from Centre – Rs. 25% of the Project cost)

  1. Modernization of Thaneermukkam Barrage to manage salinity and minimize ecological decay
  2. Improving the efficiency of the Thottapally Spillway and leading channel.

II.  Flood Management Program (Assistance from Centre –75% of the total Project cost)

  1. Regulation of floodwater in Kayal area near C&D and Rani-Chithira Blocks
  2. Complete construction of AC canal with removal of all blocks.
  3. Orumuttus Creation of 33 permanent Kottachira across Kariyar
  4. Restoration of KWS, Onattukara and Thuravoor-Pattanakkadu rivers, canals, drains and water bodies.
  5. Provide infrastructure support to paddy cultivation – Construction of Outer Bunds around padasekharams

III.  Research and Development (Project based assistance)

  1. Supporting research study by a consortium of competent organizations on TMB operation and Kayal ecology

B. Ministry of Agriculture: The Ministry of Agriculture has agreed to fund the following tasks under the following schemes

I. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana – RKVY (Assistance from Centre – 100% of the Project cost)

  1. Supply of pumps and agricultural machinery for common use by farmers at Padasekharam level in Kuttanad.
  2. Support for first paddy cultivation in Onattukara region.
  3. Promotion of rice – sesamum cultivation on rotation basis in Onattukara region.
  4. Strengthening Research in Research Stations functioning in Kuttanad
  5. Establishment of Farm Machinery Research Development and Training
  6. Eradication and utilization of water hyacinth in Kuttanad Wetland System.

II.  National Horticulture Mission (Crop based / Project based assistance from Centre)

  1. Horticulture Development in Kuttanad

III.  Seed Village Program (Project based support from Centre)

  1. Certified Seed Production and developing seed infrastructure

IV.  ATMA Scheme (Agricultural Technology Management Agency Scheme -75% assistance from Centre)

  1. Establishing Agri-Clinics in Kuttanad

V.  Coconut Development Board (Area based assistance for cutting & removal, planting and maintenance of coconut gardens)

  1. Coconut revival program for improving health and productivity in Kuttanad region

 

C.  Department of Animal Husbandry: The Department of Animal Husbandry of the Government of India has agreed to fund the following tasks under the following schemes

I.  National Project for Cattle & Buffalo breeding Scheme

  1. Induction of 2000 High Yielding animals  (50% assistance from Centre)
  2. Female calf rearing
  3. AI insemination
  4. Estrus synchronization

II.  Integrated Development for small ruminants and rabbits Scheme

  1. Introduction of goats to farmers (50% assistance from Centre)

III.  Development of Inland aquaculture and fisheries

  1. Paddy fish integration for economic and ecological security  farmers training
  2. Cluster based Cage – subsidy support
  3. Fish hatcheries for raising adequate quality fingerlings

 

D. Ministry of Environment and Forests: The MOEF has agreed to fund the following tasks under the following schemes:

I.  National Wetland Conservation Program

  1. Promote mangrove restoration along the banks of Vembanad  kayal and Kayamkulam
  2. Systematic program all over Kuttanad for elimination of water hyacinth

 

E.  13th FINANCE COMMISSION - Rs. 300 crore has been approved to strengthen the Kuttanad Ecosystem to make Kuttanad a Special Agriculture Zone.  The following tasks have been approved by the Kuttanad Prosperity Council for funding:

  1. Revival of pearl spot & prawns, ranching & establishing of fish sanctuaries in the Kuttanad Wetland System including Vembanad.
  2. Improving sanitation & providing safe drinking water to residents of Kuttanad –Roof top water harvesting structures –Comprehensive Health care for the families
  3. Promoting location specific research in Kuttanad
  4. Mixed farming with livestock including introduction of High Yielding milch cows & revival of duck farming
  5. Welfare measures for agrl. women labourers & children
  6. Marketing of ‘Kuttanad’ Brand rice
  7. Special one time assistance for initiating cultivation in fallow lands
  8. Promoting Integrated Pest Management, Integrated Nutrient Management & Integrated Weed Management
  9. Biodiversity conservation and promotion of Vembanad as a bird habitat
  10. Promoting farm tourism
  11. Construction of salt water regulator (Orumuttu) across Kariyar & related works

 

GOVERNMENT OF KERALA SCHEMES

Food Security Mission Scheme

  1. Support for first paddy cultivation in Onattukara region.
  2. Promotion of Sesamum cultivation in Onattukara region

RIDF (From NABARD)

  1. Establishment of Temporary Storage Structures in Kuttanad

State Plan Budget (For tasks below Rs. 50 lakhs)

  1. Support for soil test based fertilizer application
  2. Pest forecasting and early warning service
  3. Training youths in skilled agrl. jobs
  4. Production bonus enhancement in Purakkad Kari
  5. Improving the capacity of Duck Hatchery at Niranam
  6. Providing insurance cover to ducks-subsidy on premium
  7. Ranching, involving large-scale hatchery-reared production of post-larvae
  8. Fish hatcheries for raising adequate quality fingerlings
  9. Fresh water prawn and karimeen conservation
  10. Group based enterprise on ornamental fish culture
  11. Cold storage facility for the fishing communities.
  12. Training and capacity building  of fishermen and fingerlings prodn, improving sanitation and hygiene in processing units
  13. Promotion of farm tourism

Guidelines of the Schemes


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ICAR 2030

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THE Indian Council of Agricultural  Research is marching ahead with renewed vigour to face complex challenges and to harness domestic and global opportunities for the welfare of the farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the food-supply chain. The efforts would be to become a leading organization in the world, which is responsive, vibrant and sensitive to the needs of its stakeholders.

Vision

Ensure food and income security for all, through technological innovations and sustainable agriculture.

Mission

Harness power of science and education with a human touch for higher and sustainable agricultural production.

Focus

To accomplish the vision and the mission of the ICAR— it gives highest priority to farmers, and entire strategy is based on ‘farmer first’. It is determined to continuously strive hard to transform the existing National agricultural research system into a vibrant national.

Agricultural Innovation System. It would concentrate on the following

key areas.

• Promote innovations and improve human resource capacity by involving all stakeholders in the food-supply chain.

• Strengthen institutional capacity for attaining sustainable food,  nutrition, and livelihood security and also for global competitiveness.

• Act as a catalyst in reclaiming degraded resources for agriculture, and conserve and enhance national wealth of natural resources and biodiversity.

• Promote adaptation and preparedness for meeting climate change challenge, and evolve mechanisms for effective drought and flood management.

• Foster repositories of genetic resources related to crop, livestock, fish, insects and micro-organisms for their sustainable utilization. 910

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• Improve knowledge management system to act as an efficient clearing-house of technology, knowledge and information in agriculture and allied sectors.

• Faclitate quarantine, evolve mechanisms for sanitary and phytosanitary inspection of germplasm under exchange for research, and perform other regulatory functions.

• Develop and facilitate gradual replacement of pesticides, and execute mechanisms for bio-security of the country, especially that emerging from threat of gene piracy and cross-border vector-borne diseases.

• Reform agricultural education and extension systems, and enhance human resource befitting global competition.

• Foster linkages and collaborations with public and private, national and international organizations


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