“JAI KISAN JAI VIGYAN” week was celebrated in Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam on 29.12.16 by organizing an “Exposure visit and interaction for Tribal farmers”. Under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Agroforestry – Tribal Sub Plan, an exposure visit was organized for 50 tribal farmers from Semmanarai, Kozhithurai, Kadasolai and Kozhikarai villages of The Nilgiris district.
The programme aimed at disseminating the technologies developed by the institute to the farmers besides introducing them to various industrial tree species. The programme was presided over by Dr.K.K.Suresh, Dean (Forestry). During the inaugural function, pepper and Mesopsis seedlings were provided to the farmers. Dr.K.T.Parthiban, Professor and Head, Department of Agroforestry delivered the Special address.
The farmers were taken on a field visit to the agroforestry field station and were explained about various profitable agroforestry models developed by the institute. Tree varieties developed and released for commercial cultivation by the institute were also shown in the field. Subsequently, they were provided hands on training on “Mini clonal Technology” which was appreciated by the farmers.
They were exposed to vermicomposting technology and were encouraged to start a vermicompost unit in their villages and use the same for their domestic needs and commercial sale. Farmers also visited the rearing unit in the Department of Sericulture and were explained about the potential for initiating steps to establish a small scale silkworm rearing unit at Semmanarai.
Mushroom production technology was explained to the farmers and they evinced keen interest in mushroom cultivation. Post visit assessment was conducted and impact of the visit was recorded. The Programme was Coordinated by Dr. R.Jude Sudhagar, Assistant Professor (Forestry) and Officer-in-Charge, AICRP on Agroforestry, Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam.