Scientific Advisory Committee

Proceedings of the 10th SAC meeting held on 08.03.2019 at ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari

The Tenth Scientific Advisory Committee meeting was held at ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumarion 08.03.2019. The following SAC officials and staff members participated in the meeting.

  1. N. Kumar, Vice Chancellor, TNAU, Coimbatore
  2. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore
  3. N. Shanmugavalli, Professor and Head, ARS, Thirupathisaram
  4. M. Arumugampillai, Professor and Head (PBG), AC & RI, Killikulam
  5. J.PremJoswa, Professor and Head, FRS, Thovalai
  6. S. Malmarugan, Professor and Head, Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, TANUVAS, Parakkai, Nagercoil
  7. H. Kesavakumar, Scientist, Nematology, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram
  8. R. Tamilarasi, Junior Engineer, District Industries Centre, Nagercoil
  9. G. Manoharan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Nagercoil
  10. Ashok Macrin, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Nagercoil
  11. M. Senthil Kumar, Nodal officer, KVK, TNAU, Coimbatore
  12. C. Ovvaimeenakshi, DDH (FTC), Nagercoil
  13. S. BarakkathNilofare, Asst. Inspector of Sericulture, Konam
  14. P.S. Sailesh, DDM, NABARD
  15. K.ThirumalaiNambi, Programme Executive, All India Radio, Nagercoil
  16. Hendry, Kottor (Progressive farmer)
  17. P.S. Pradeep Kumar, Andoor, (Progressive farmer)
  18. C. Arumugam, Thingal Nagar (Progressive farmer)
  19. S. Meenakshisundaram, Erumbukadu (Progressive farmer)
  20. T. Puspalatha, Mondaikadu (Mushroom Entrepreneur)
  21. S. Saran, Kunnancadu (Mushroom Entrepreneur)
  22. C. Sreekumari, Swamiyarmadam (Banana Fibre Entrepreneur)
  23. P. Sasikumar, Charode (Flower Entrepreneur)
  24. J.Ansalau, Monday market (Value addition Entrepreneur )
  25. S. Siva Subramanian Pillai, Theroor (AIR, Nagercoil)
  26. S.K. Meenakumari, Thiruvattar (SAC Member)
  27. R. Saroja, Muthalakurichi (SAC Member)
  28. A. Krishnakumar, Kalkurichi (SAC member)
  29. A. Hillary, Ramapuram (SAC Member)
  30. Ashish K Binodh, Assistant Professor (PBG), AC & RI, Killilulam
  31. K. Kavitha, SMS (Plant Pathology), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  32. CissieTheeblyn David, SMS (FSN), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  33. R. Latha, SMS (PB&G), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  34. S. Santheepan, TA (Agronomy), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  35. P.Prasannakumar, TA (Horticulture), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  36. K. R. Sudha, Programme Assistant (Technical), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  37. R. Rajesh Kannan, Farm Manager, ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari
  38. V. Sivaraman, Prog. Asst. (Computer), ICAR-KVK, Kanyakumari

The Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Pathology), ICAR-KVK, Thirupathisaram, welcomed the gathering. Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore inaugurated the meeting. In his opening remarks, he urged the members to go far market oriented production with low volume and high value crops which enables high profit to farmers.  He also emphasized to adopt scientific farming especially integrated farming system which provides income throughout the year.

The Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Pathology) presented the action taken report on the recommendations of 9th scientific advisory committee meeting and annual progress report of 2017-18.

Mr. Ashok Macrin, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Nagercoil suggested to undertake location specific intercropping system/ multitier cropping for Coconut and Rubber.

Mrs. R. Tamilarasi, Junior Engineer, District Industries Centre, Nagercoil   explained about the various schemes and subsidies available for food processing. Mr. G. Manoharan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Nagercoil emphasized to popularize high yielding VBN6 Blackgram under Rice fallow condition in Kanaykumari district. In addition he insisted to motivate the farmers to compete for state level CM award for high productivity.

Dr. H. Kesavakumar, Scientist, Nematology, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram suggested to include CTCRI varieties viz., Sree Jaya, SreeVijaya and SreePavithra  in action plan. He also suggested to popularize the CTCRI bioformulationsviz., Nanma, Menma and Shreya for pest management. The Incubation centre of CTCRI for value addition of tapioca maybe utilized for entrepreneurship development. The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore suggested to arrange an exposure visit  to CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram. In addition, the scientists of CTCRI to be invited as resource person for trainings at KVK.

Mr. K.ThirumalaiNambi, Programme Executive of All India Radio mentioned that AIR-KumariPanpalai is the 1st local Radio Station of Tamil Nadu broadcasting daily agricultural programme. He invites all the scientists of TNAU to provide technical messages to the farming community. The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatoresuggested to provide short messages to AIR on daily basis.

Mr. P.S. Sailesh, DDM, NABARD listed the various subsidy schemes for promoting of agricultural and allied activities for doubling farmers income and requested farmers to avail the services of NABARD. He suggested to setup a model unit for the production of high value vegetables.  Dr. S.  Malmarugan, Professor and Head, VUTRC, Parakai, Nagercoil suggested to have IFS model unit at KVK.  The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore suggested to involve VUTRC scientists as resource person for trainings at KVK.

Mrs. S. BarakkathNilofare, Asst. Inspector of Sericulture, Konam listed the various subsidy schemes for promoting sericulture. The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore suggested to organize awareness campaign about Sericulture twice a year at KVK.

Mr. Hendry, Kottor requested for creation of Honeybee growers welfare board and Honey Bee Research station at Kanyakumari district. The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore opined that the policy level matters to be addressed to the policy makers.

Mr. P.S. Pradeep Kumar, Andoor, Progressive farmer reported foot rot disease in pepper and requested suitable management practice. In addition he requested to provide post harvest technology for enhancing shelf life of Banana Variety Matti and suitable intercrop for Rubber. The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore  suggested to conduct joint diagnostic visit along with scientists of HRS, Pechiparai. He also urged to isolate native isolate of  Bacillusamyloliquifacienns  with the guidance of Professor (Plant Pathology), TNAU, Coimbatore. For enhancing the shelf life of Matti, training on pre harvest management to be arranged involving the scientists of NRCB, Trichy. For intercroping in rubber, introduction of Calapogoniummuconoidesto be introduced as a cover crop in consultation with Dr. K.Rajamony, Professor and Head, Floriculture, landscaping and gardening, TNAU, Coimbatore.

Mr. C. Arumugam, Thingal Nagar, requested to provide low cost production technology for biocontrol agents and DEE suggested to provide the training. Mrs. T. Puspalatha, Mondaikadu  requested to provide Mushroom value addition training.The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatoresuggested to arrange a training and exposure visit to CSC& RI, Madurai.

 Mr. S. Meenakshisundaram, Erumbukadu  requested to establish a model farm with poultry and dairy components at KVK and provide exposure visit to CTCRI, Thiruvanthapuram to have practical hands on training on value addition from tapioca.  The Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore suggested to arrange exposure visit to CTCRI, Thiruvanthapuram and establish a model IFS unit  at KVK. In addition he urged to establish a low cost Hydroponic unit at KVK . In DFI village, coconut based IFS model to be established for doubling the farmer’s income.

The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor concluded the SAC meeting by releasing three booklets and interacted with the farmers and made the recommendations viz., arranging training on farm mechanization by inviting scientists from Dept. of  Farm Machinery, TNAU, Coimbatore

Based on the above discussions, the following recommendations were suggested during the 10th SAC meeting

  1. Undertake location specific intercropping system/ multitier cropping for Coconut and Rubber (Proposed by: Mr. Ashok Macrin, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Nagercoil)
  2. Popularize high yielding VBN6 Blackgram under Rice fallow condition in Kanaykumari district (Proposed by: Mr. G. Manoharan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Nagercoil)
  3. The newly released CTCRI varieties of tapioca , Sree Jaya, SreeVijaya and SreePavithra shall be assessed for Kanyakumari district (Proposed by:
    Dr. H. Kesavakumar, Scientist, Nematology, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram)
  4. Popularize the CTCRI bioformulationsviz., Nanma, Menma and Shreya for pest management (Proposed by: Dr. H. Kesavakumar, Scientist, Nematology, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram)
  5. Arrange an exposure visit  to CTCRI, Thiruvanathapuram incubation centre  for the benefit of farmers interested in tapioca value addition (Proposed by:
    M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore)
  6. Scientists of CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram to be invited as resource person for trainings at KVK (Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  7. Provide short messages to All India Radio, Nagercoil regularly (Proposed by:
    M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore)
  8. Establishment of model unit for the production of high value vegetables at KVK (Proposed by:Mr. P.S. Sailesh, DDM, NABARD)
  9. Establishment of IFS model unit at KVK. (Proposed by:Dr. S.  Malmarugan, Professor and Head, VUTRC, Parakai, Nagercoil)
  10. Involve VUTRC scientists as resource person for trainings at KVK (Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  11. Organize awareness campaign on Sericulture twice a year at KVK (Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  12. Conduct joint diagnostic visit along with scientists of HRS, Pechiparai for disease incidence in pepper (Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  13. Training on pre harvest management to enhance the shelf life of banana variety Matti to be arranged involving the scientists of NRCB, Trichy (Proposed by:
    M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  14. Provide low cost production technology for biocontrol agents (Proposed by: Mr. C. Arumugam, Thingal Nagar)
  15. Arrange Mushroom value addition trainingand exposure visit for mushroom entrepreneurs at CSC& RI, Madurai (Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  16. Establish a low cost Hydroponic unit at KVK(Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  17. In DFI village, coconut based IFS model to be established for doubling the farmer’s income (Proposed by:Dr. M. Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, Coimbatore).
  18. Arrange training on farm mechanization by inviting scientists from Dept. of Farm Machinery, TNAU, Coimbatore (Proposed by: The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, TNAU, Coimbatore)