VAN VIGYAN KENDRA (VVK)

IFGTB has undertaken breeding programmes of fast growing and other commercially important tree species since 1988.   Improved quality planting materials of Casuarina, Eucalyptus, Teak, Acacias, etc and technologies have been developed by the institute over the last three decades. Dissemination of research output to various stakeholders including farmers through training, workshop/seminar and Tree growers mela (TGM) has been taken up vigorously by the institute.

To step up greater outreach of technologies, ICFRE through its institute had initiated setting up Van Vigyan Kendras (VVKs) in association with State Forest Departments. The VVKs have been established to strengthen the activities of Forestry Extension and to enhance the tree farming and increasing productivity for sustainable land use and wood security. The main objectives of VVKs include;

  1. To disseminate the latest technological advancements in forestry sector to the user groups.
  2. To provide access to the technical knowhow of appropriate technologies developed by ICFRE institutes and the state forest departments.

IFGTB has established VVKs in the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to reach out all the user groups and provide access to appropriate technologies developed by the Institute and other government agencies. The VVK on the lines of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) are promoting dissemination of research outputs and help in providing livelihood opportunities to local people.

During the year 2021-2022, IFGTB established a new VVK in the Field Research Station Kurumbapatti, Salem. Field Research Station, Salem was converted to New VVK for dissemination of IFGTB Technologies. Field trails with Clones / Varieties / QPM of Teak, Casuarina, Eucalyptus, Gmelina, Tamarind; Calophyllum has been established for demo purpose.

An MoU was signed during 26th March 2021 between IFGTB & ICAR KVK MYRADA, Gobichettipalayam, Erode for establishment of new Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK) at Aerapalayam station of ICAR-KVK, MYRADA. Establishment of Second New VVK at ICAR KVK MYRADA Field Stations (Aerapalayam, Talamalai) as New VVK under CAMPA Extension (NR) for the year 2022-23.

Lead Activity - Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Coimbatore with ICAR-KVK, Karamadai

Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 28.08.18 to promote and accelerate the progress of research and training in various disciplines of agricultural and forestry research and education through execution of a mutually agreed Work Plan. As follow up to the work plan; Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Coimbatore of IFGTB in collaboration with ICAR-KVK, Karamadai had organized training for popularization of Windbreak clones of Casuarina released by IFGTB.

IFGTB, Coimbatore had released five superior clones (WBC-1, WBC-2, WBC-3, WBC4 and WBC-5) of Casuarina junghuhniana for providing protection against windstorms to horticultural and agricultural crops. Annual crop loss worth crores of rupees was reported in the country due to windstorms. This crop loss due to heavy wind was more frequently being reported in banana plantations. To efficiently manage this recurrent problem, IFGTBs Casuarina based windbreak tree varieties planted on the periphery of farm lands had shown great promise to slow down the speed of wind and minimize the damage to cash crops. During AgriIntex 2019 held at CODISSIA, Coimbatore, maximum queries were related to Casuarina Windbreak clones; which included availability of windbreak clones, method of planting, productivity and economics.

In this background, the Extension division of IFGTB organised this one day training for catering to the needs for the banana growers in Karamadai, Sirumugai and Annur cluster of Coimbatore district, in light of recent damages reported to banana crop due to the winds. This one day training was organised on 24.07.19 for Banana growers on the theme “Windbreak Tree Varieties as part of extension activity under the Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Coimbatore, with support of Silviculture & Forest Management division and in collaboration with KVK, Karamadai. A total of 62 farmers participated in the above said training.

The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. Mohit Gera, IFS, Director, IFGTB. The other dignitaries include, Dr. Gowri Ramakrishnan, Director (SAETI), ICAR-KVK, Shri. S. Senthil Kumar, IFS, Head, SFM, IFGTB, Shri. Rajesh Gopalan, IFS, Head, Extension, Dr. Kumaravadivelu, Senior Scientist & Head, ICAR -KVK, Karamadai & Dr. C. Buvaneswaran, Scientist, IFGTB.

During the occasion, Windbreak clones WBC-2 was handed over to Dr. Gowri Ramakrishnan, Director (SAETI), ICARKVK and to the farmers from Annur and Pollachi. A brochure on “Windbreak Tree Varieties” (Tamil) of IFGTB was released by Director, IFGTB. Farmers were also taken to Idikarai, Field Station, Coimbatore for On Farm Trial demonstration of IFGTB Windbreak clones

Dr. C. Buvaneswaran, Scientist, IFGTB handled the technical sessions on “Introduction to concept of Windbreaks” & “IFGTBs initiatives for Tree Varieties for Windbreak”. He showcased the technology of windbreak clones and clones released by IFGTB to the banana growers. He explained the design, package of practices and cost economics of the plantation model. The technical session was followed by “Experience Sharing” by the beneficiaries of Windbreak Clones. The participants also witnessed the exhibits displayed viz., products developed by IFGTB and its publications.

 

Stakeholders Meet in Kerala

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education) organized a Stakeholder’s Meet in Kerala in collaboration with the Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Kuthiran, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Thrissur and Kerala Agricultural University (College of Forestry and College of Horticulture), Vellanikkara at KVK Thrissur on 27 September 2019. A training programme on Agroforestry was imparted to the farmers and tree growers of Kerala. 

The proceedings began with an invocation on Nature by Dr Kannan CS Warrier, Scientist F, Coordinator ENVIS and Nodal Officer, VVK Kuthiran. Dr KT Suman, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Thrissur welcomed the gathering. Dr John Prasanth Jacob, Scientist G and Head, Bioprospecting Division, IFGTB inaugurated the Meet.  Dr K. Vidyasagaran, Dean, College of Forestry highlighted on the significance of tree cover in home gardens of Kerala. Shri PM Prabhu, Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Thrissur and Officer in charge VVK, Kuthiran detailed on the initiatives of the Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department in the field of social forestry.

The technical sessions comprised of lectures on Cultivation, management and agroforestry prospects of Teak, Thespesia and Casuarina (D.r Kannan CS Warrier, Scientist F, IFGTB), Gmelina arborea and Melia dubia (Dr. John Prasanth Jacob, Scientist G, IFGTB), Propagation, cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants suitable for Kerala (Dr PV Sindhu, Assistant Professor College of Horticulture), Management of homegardens in Kerala (Dr. T.K. Kunhamu, Professor and Head, Silviculture and Agroforestry, College of Forestry), Ecofriendly products developed by IFGTB for management of forest health   (Dr. N Senthil Kumar, Scientist E, IFGTB) and Pest and disease management in forest trees (Dr. John Prasanth Jacob, Scientist G IFGTB). 

Post graduate students of College of Forestry, Vellanikkara also took part in the deliberations.  Panel of experts from IFGTB, College of Forestry and College of Horticulture clarified the doubts raised by the tree growers of Kerala.  Various publications of IFGTB in Malayalam were also distributed to the participants. Dr Kannan CS Warrier, the Nodal Officer proposed the vote of thanks.

One Day Training Cum Demonstration Programme on “KADAMBA BASED AGRO FORESTRY SYSTEM“ for Tree Growers under VVK, Coimbatore

Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote and accelerate the progress of research and training in various disciplines of agricultural and forestry research and education through execution of a mutually agreed Work Plan.  An MoU was signed during 26th March 2021 between IFGTB & ICAR KVK MYRADA, Gobichettipalayam, Erode for establishment of new Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK) at Arepalayam station of ICAR-KVK MYRADA, Gobichettipalayam in Erode district of Tamil Nadu. As follow up to the work plan; and as per the framework in the Biennial action plan, Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Coimbatore of IFGTB in collaboration with ICAR-KVK, MYRADA, Gobichettipalayam, Erode District had organized training cum demonstration for Tree Growers on “Kadamba based Agro forestry System”.   

The Training cum demonstration for tree growers was organized on 19th July 2021 forthe Kadamba farmers/tree growers for popularizing kadamba based Agroforestry system at Arepalayam station of ICAR KVK MYRADA, Gobichettipalayam.  The training served as an integration platform for tree Growers, scientists, Subject matter specialist (SMS), Farm Managers (ICAR KVK). 50 tree growers from Erode district of Tamil Nadu participated in the programme.  Besides farmers, field supervisors and officials of ICAR KVKs participated in the training.   In the technical session, the farmers were taken to On-field Kadamba demonstration trial at Aerapalayam centre.  Dr. C. Kunhikannan, Director, IFGTB planted the seedlings of rosemary during the occasion as an intercrop in the Kadamba demonstration plot.  Dr. C. Kunhikannan, Director IFGTB and the team visited Agriculture Research Station (ARS), Thalamalai for site selection for demo plantations of IFGTB clones / varieties of IFGTB and to examine the station`s prospects of declaring as a new VVK.

Report on one day Training & Field Demonstration Programme on “WINDBREAK CLONES BASED AGRO FORESTRY SYSTEMS“ (TIRUPUR DISTRICT) - An event of VAN VIGYAN KENDRA, Coimbatore

Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Coimbatore of IFGTB in collaboration with Voluntary Organization for people and for the Empowerment of RuralAreas by Youth (VETRY), Tirupur had organized one day training & fielddemonstration program on the theme “WINDBREAK CLONES BASEDAGRO FORESTRY SYSTEMS”on 14.08.2021.

IFGTB, Coimbatore had released five superior clones (WBC-1, WBC-2,WBC-3, WBC-4 and WBC-5) of Casuarinajunghuhniana for protection against windstorms to horticultural and agricultural crops. Annual crop loss worth crores of rupees was reported in the country due to windstorms. This crop loss due to heavy wind was more frequently being reported in banana plantations. To efficiently manage this recurrent problem, IFGTBs Casuarina based windbreak tree varieties planted on the periphery of farm lands had shown great promise to slow down the speed of wind and minimize the damage to cash crops. During 2019, one day training on Windbreak clones was organised by IFGTB for banana growers in Karamadai, Sirumugai and Annur cluster of Coimbatore district with support of KVK, Avinashilingam&Horticulturedepartment.

In this background, this one day training for catering to the needs for the banana growers in Avinashi, Thekkalur, Vettuvapalayam and Mudalipalayam cluster of Tirupur district, was organized in backdrop ofrecent damages reported to banana crop due to the winds. This oneday training was organised as IFGTB technology extension activity ofthe Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK), Coimbatore under Bharat KaAmrutMahotsav, in collaboration with VETRY, Tirupur. A total of 40 farmers, volunteers of VETRY and officials of Agricultural department, Tirupur District participated in the training. , the participant farmers were taken to On-field demonstration of Windbreak clones at AVP Pazhathottam, Murugampalayam Tirupur district. VETRY Organisation had established the windbreak clone demonstration plot in his farm land.