KVK Field day & Awareness Programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act organized at KVK, Gonikoppal
KVK Field day & Awareness Programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights was organized at KVK demonstration farm at Athur on 13th January 2015. The highlight of the programme was Vegetable demonstration block developed with 16 different types of vegetables and their varieties from IIHR. Dr. T. Manjunatha Rao, Director, IIHR, Bangalore; Dr. P. C Tripathy, Head, CHES, Chettalli; Dr. S. J. Ankegwoda, Head, CRC, Appangala; Dr. A. T. Sadashiva, Head Vegetable crops, IIHR, Bangalore; and team of scientists from Vegetable division of IIHR and CHES, Chettali were present during the function. More than 250 farmers, representatives from Forestry College, Ponnampet; officials from Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, ATMA, Bhoochetana, NGO representatives working for agriculture, Press and media representatives from all the three talukas of Kodagu district participated in the programme.
The programme started with the inauguration of Field day by Mr. N. Bose Mandanna Progressive Grower and Former Vice Chairman Coffee Board. The participants first visited the vegetable demonstration block. Sh. Devaiah, SMS, Horticulture explained that the objective of such a vegetable demonstration block was to create awareness among the farmers of the district about the potential and possibility of producing vegetables in the district. The planters and farmers appreciated the efforts put by KVK in introducing & showcasing the new verities and hybrids of vegetables from IIHR. The scientists from IIHR interacted with farmers regarding the vegetable varieties. The varieties and hybrids of tomato, chilli, French Beans, Yard long bean, Brinjal, Radish, Bhendi, Peas, Dolichos, Corinader, Palak, Amaranthus from IIHR and cabbage, Knol Khol, Beet root and Carrot were on display in the demonstration block.
The farmers also visited the other demonstration units maintained at KVK farm i.e Paired row system of planting in banana, Animal husbandary units showcasing Duroc and White Yorkshire breeds of Pigs, Malabari and Sirohi Breeds of Goats, Fodder demonstration unit, Rattoon crop of Banana, Pepper and Coffee demonstration units.
The second part of the programme was Awareness programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act organised at Athur farm itself. Dr.Saju George, Programme Coordinator, KVK,Gonikoppal welcomed the guests and participants. Mr.Veerendra Kumar K.V.SMS (PP),KVK,Gonikoppal explained about purpose of the programme. The programme was inaugurated by Dr.T.Manjunatha Rao, Director, IIHR, Bangalore. In his inaugural address Director, explained about the importance of Intellectual Properties Rights and the benefits of PPV&FRA for the farmers. He also congratulated the KVK team for showcasing vegetable technologies from IIHR. Dr.P.C.Tripathi, Principal Scientist and Head, CHES,Chettali, spoke about the importance of Biodiversity prevailing in the district which has to be properly documented through the agency of PPVFRA.
Dr. A.T. Sadashiva, and Head, Division of Vegetable crops, IIHR, Bangalore explained about the possibilities of Vegetable cultivation in Kodagu and offered the technical expertise and support of IIHR in popularsing vegetable cultivation in the district. Dr. T.S.Aghora, Principal Scientist, Division of Vegetable crops, IIHR, Bangalore explained about role and importance of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act (PPV&FRA) .He stressed on the farmer’s rights and provisions for registering farmers varieties present in the act. He also presented the DUS guidelines in various vegetables in detail. Dr. S.J. Anke gowda, Principal Scientist and Head,CRC, Appangla spoke on DUS testing in cardamom, black pepper, turmeric and ginger.
The compendium on PPV and FRA (in Kannada) brought out by KVK, was released on this occasion. Mr.Mahadevu, ADA, Madikeri, Mr.Girish Kumar, DD, Horticulture, Scientists from Division of Vegetable crops, CHES,Chettalli, Specialists of KVK Gonikoppal, state Govt. officials participated in the interaction programme with the farmers. The group of farmers interested in vegetable cultivation interacted with the team of scientists from IIHR. The growers actively interacted with the experts on different aspects of Vegetable cultivation, coffee and pepper production, fertiliser and organic manuring requirements etc.
An exhibition was also arranged during this occasion to exhibit vegetable varieties from IIHR. Farmers also exhibited their vegetables, black pepper and rice varieties. The programme concluded with vote of thank by Dr.Suresh, SMS (Livestock), KVK Gonikoppal. The programme was compered by Mr . B. Prabhakar KVK Gonikoppal.