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Kasaragod: District panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi stressed the need for attaining self-sufficiency in agriculture sector, especially in cultivation of fruits and vegetables, in a consumer State like Kerala.
She was addressing a gathering to mark the inauguration of ‘Akshaya 2010', a Technology Week hosted by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Central Plantation Crops and Research Institute (CPCRI) here. It is aimed at creating awareness among farmers on improved farming technologies.
S. Prabhukumar, director, zonal project directorate, Bangalore, in his address as the chief guest, said the research-oriented efforts of the farmers leading to various innovations should be duly recognised and that farmers should become part of the corporate sector.
Senior CPCRI scientists C. Thamban, R. Dhanapal and K. Balachandra Hebbar were among those who addressed the function. An exhibition being hosted as part of ‘Akshaya-2010' was inaugurated by Mr. Prabhukumar.
Various government and non-government firms have put up stalls in the exhibition. CPCRI director George V. Thomas delivered a talk on organic farming technologies and R. Ilangovan, associate professor, Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Pattambi, delivered a talk on paddy cultivation and food security.
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