In connection with Swachhata fortnight celebration, a contingent of scientist and technical personnel from ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode conducted crop surveillance and monitoring visit at Kattippara, the village adopted by the Institute under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (My Village My Pride) programme. The volunteers visited the farmer’s plots including kitchen gardens, paddy lands, banana plantations and vegetable gardens, on Tuesday.
During the occasion, the farmers were educated about the technologies from the institute besides emphasizing the significance of Swachhta Mission for maintaining the village clean and green. The villagers were also enlightened about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in day-to-day life and in homesteads besides emphasizing the ill-effects of plastic which cause hazardous impact on the environment. On-the spot solutions were also provided for effective, economic and eco-friendly management of pests and diseases of various horticultural crops including spices. Efficient utilization of
organic wastes and generation of wealth from waste by promoting clean and green technologies through organic farming practices were also highlighted during the occasion.
The field visits were organized in collaboration with the Krishi Bhavan, Kattippara which was coordinated by K. K. Muhammad Faisal (Agricultural Officer), K. Jamsheena (Agricultural Assistant), N. K. Velayudhan and K. T. Joseph (Haritha Cluster). Dr. K. V.
Saji, Dr. C. M. Senthilkumar and Dr. C. N. Biju, Scientists, ICAR-IISR interacted with the farmers during the field visits.