Training Schedule

Tea Cultivation :

One day on campus training programme on ‘New Planting in Tea’

Agricultural Engineering:
One day on campus training programme on ‘Tea Tasting’

Horticulture:
One day on campus training programme on ‘Exotic Vegetable cultivation’

Home Science:
One month on campus training programme on ‘Wool Knitting’

Soil Science & Plant Protection:
One day on campus training programme on ‘Organic farming’

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DIVISION OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

 

LAB-TO LAND PROGRAMME

 

The ICAR sanctioned the Lab-to-Land programme to UPASI-KVK in 1984. This project is meant to improve the overall socio-economic conditions of the adopted farm families by not only increasing the productivity of their farms but also by creation of additional employment through diversification of enterprises. This project is also meant to create an awareness among the weaker sections of the society for proper utilization of benefits available under different developmental programmes in the district.

 

There are six primitive tribes in the Nilgiris and these hill tribes are isolated by ecology, demography, economics and politics from other ethnic groups. Even though, there are many extension agencies working in the district, the penetration of extension programmes to the tribal area were negligible.

 

On priority, the tribal holdings which were developed by introducing various plantation crops like tea, coffee, spices and mulberry. Income generating activities like apiculture, rabbit rearing, tailoring and mushroom cultivation were also introduced for the benefit of landless agricultural labourers.

 

   

 

The centre has intensely worked in the remote tribal areas in the Nilgiris. The ICAR - Lab to land programme and SC/ST programmes implemented in 20 hamlets covering about 500 tribal families have made a tremendous impact.

The fallow lands in the tribal villages have been brought under tea, coffee and spices cultivation with integrated farming system approach which has given a face lift to the tribal community.

 

CAPART PROJECTS

 

KVK implemented seven tribal development projects in collaboration with the Council for Advancement of Peoples Action in Rural Technology(CAPART). Construction of check dam and Tribal museum cum marketing out let are among those projects.

 

Construction of check dam
A check dam was constructed and pipelines were installed for drinking water supply and irrigation at Manahalida Semmanarai  tribal villages with the financial assistance from CAPART 

 

Tribal Museum cum marketing outlet

This particular project has popularized the tribes of the district in a big way. The project has been able to mark an impact in the following areas:

 

a) At an individual level, the tribal artist has been able to get an honest marketing outlet for his items and gain the price worth its market value.  
b) Through the project, the tribal have known the actual value of their produce in the market which has helped to give them a bargaining power.

c) The tribal families have been assisted in marketing the various products such as honey, garden pots, pruning knives, nursery plants like coffee, spices and silver oak at remunerative prices.

d) The evil of middlemen has been eliminated from the process of production, marketing and profits. Since the role of middlemen is negligible, the actual gain for the tribal is significantly higher.

 

The museum has become information cum education centre on various primitive tribes of the district. Explaining the historical background of the lifestyles of different primitive tribes of the Nilgiris, their culture, food habits, education, occupation, agricultural practices and their living conditions are the special features of this centre.

 

This project has exposed the geographically secluded and culturally distinct tribal communities of the district to the outside world. Their products can been seen far and wide and are much in demand. This has ensured the continuation of tribal art and culture over the generations to come. The tribals can be no more exploited for vested interests.

 

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