KRISHI VIGYAN KENDRA, GONIKOPPAL
Principal Scientist & Programme Coordinator(I/C)
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Gonikoppal is the first ICAR, KVK in Karnataka was established on 16th December 1976 under Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) in Kodagu District. Initially it was functioning at Chettalli, under Central Horticultural Experimental Station (CHES). Later during the year 1992, the erstwhile Citrus Experimental Station, Gonikoppal activities were shifted to Chettalli and Krishi Vigyan Kendra started functioning at Gonikoppal.
The total area of the Kendra is 17.5 ha and having an office cum-laboratory building, library, staff quarters, Soil testing laboratory, various demonstrations units like coffee based cropping system, Arecanut, Banana, Coorg mandarin, Papaya, Sapota, Guava, different vegetables, ployhouse, Piggery, Goatary and fodder block.
KVK, Gonikoppal is located in Virajpet taluk which is 50 km away from Madikeri and 92 km away from Mysore. The centre is situated in Sub-tropical humid zone with mean temperature of the station range between 320C and 190C. The annual rainfall is 2800 mm with major precipitation during July and August. The soil is deep, dark brown, well drained sandy loam to sandy clay loam.
Technology assessment, refinement and demonstration of technology/products.
To conduct On-Farm Testing to identify the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.
To organise Front Line Demonstrations to establish its production potentials on the farmers’ fields.
To organise Training of farmers to update their knowledge and skills in modern agricultural technologies and training of extension personnel to orient them in the frontier areas of technology development.
To work as resource and knowledge centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the agricultural economy of the district.
In order to create awareness about improved technology, a large number of extension activities will be taken up.
The seeds and planting materials produced by the KVKs will also be made available to the farmers.
Area of operation: The area of operation is three taluks of the district viz. Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND FISHERIES DAY ORGANIZED DURING AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY WEEK AT KRISHI VIGYAN KENDRA, GONIKOPPAL
Animal husbandry and fisheries day was organized on the third day i.e. Dec.12, 2013, of Agricultural Technology Week of Kodagu Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gonikoppal. Dr K.P Aiyappa , Deputy Director, Animal husbandry, Kodagu chaired the session. He gave a brief account of scenario of piggeries in Kodagu district. He also highlighted the various Government schemes of animal husbandry department for the promotion of animal husbandry in the district. Dr Jayaramaih, Assistant Director, Department of Fisheries gave an elaborative talk on scientific fish farming and various scheme of the department. He described the problem and prospectus of fish farming in Kodagu which faces problems due to low temperature, water scarcity in the summer season etc. Dr Shanthesh, Chief Veterinary Officer, Pollipetta talk about scientific piggery farming selection, shed construction, feeding pattern. Dr Suresh , SMS (livestock ),KVK Gonikoppal discussed about the major diseases and parasites affecting the livestock in the district and their preventive and curative measures. Smt. Veena Sudhir progressive grower narrated her success story of because a successful piggery entrepreneur. She urged the farmer to adopt a integrated farming approach for higher productively and financial security. More than 100 growers participated in the programme. Afternoon a visit to KVK demonstration farm was organized for the growers. Apart from farmers, lot of other visitors visited the exhibition organized during the technology week. These activities were coordinated by Mr. K.A. Devaiah, Sri B. Prabhakar, Sri Veerendra Kumar and Dr Suresh, Sri vasnath Kumar and Smt Padmavati.
VEGETABLE DAY ORGANIZED DURING AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY WEEK AT KRISHI VIGYAN KENDRA, GONIKOPPAL
Vegetable day was organized on the second day i.e. Dec.11, 2013, of Agricultural Technology Week of Kodagu Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gonikoppal was organized on Dec, 10, 2013. Dr A.T Sadashiva, Principal scientist & Head, Division of Vegetable crop, IIHR ,Dr T.S. Aghora, Principal scientist, Division of Vegetable crop, IIHR Dr S.S, hebber, Principal scientist, Division of Vegetable crop, IIHR, Dr E. Srinivas, Senior scientist, Division of Vegetable crop, IIHR, Dr. Sudhindra Kumar, Deputy Director Horticulture, Kodagu, progressive farmers, scientists officials were present during the programme. Dr A. T. Sadashiva , Principal Scientist &head Chaired the technical session. In his introductory remarks, he pointed out the prospectus of vegetable cultivation in Kodagu district. He told that the demonstrations conducted during last year in different locations in Kodagu district proved that the vegetable cultivation can be successfully in the this region. Dr T.S. Aghora gave detail description of the vegetable varieties developed by Indian Institute of Horticultural Research and their suitability to Coorg region. The various aspects of production technologies of vegetable crops, protected cultivation, organic farming, nutrient management were discussed in detail by Dr S.S. Hebber. Sri C. P. Sathish progressive Vegetable grower highlighted the problems of vegetable cultivation in Kodagu. Dr Sudhindra Kumar gave detail account of the various schemes of horticulture department for the farmers. Earlier Sri K.A. Devaiah gave detail account of the precision farming demonstration of vegetable at KVK farm, where more than 18 varieties of 12 vegetables have been successfully grown with fertigation, polyethylene mulch etc. More than 175 growers participated in the programme. Afternoon a visit to KVK demonstration farm was organized for the growers. The programme was coordinated by Mr. K.A. Devaiah, Sri B. Prabhakar, Sri Veerendra Kumar and Dr Suresh.