CIKS provided training on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation to the farmers in Gurmitkal taluk of Yadhgir district of Karnataka working under the guidance of Vrutti Livelihood Services, Bangalore.
We had organised an exhibition with support from NABARD on 26 th and 27 th February at
C. P. Art Centre in Chennai. It was inaugurated by Ms. Lalitha Venkatesan, Chief General Manager, NABARD on 26 th February.
CIKS as a resource agency provided training on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation to the farmers in Gurmitkal taluk of Yadhgir district of Karnataka under the guidance of Vrutti Livelihood Services, Bangalore.
REVITALISING RAINFED AGRICULTURE (RRA) TRAINING WORKSHOP
Between 10th and 14th December, a five days training programme was organized by the RRA network for providing training on various technical aspects to the network members who are implementing the comprehensive pilot programmes in various parts of India.
POVERTY REDUCTION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN SOUTHERN INDIA
CIKS in collaboration with Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre (VLRC) is implementing this three year project from July 2012 in Kancheepuram, Thiruvannamalai and Nagapattinam districts. This project is being supported by DFID, UK under the DFID Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) Impact Window. It is co-funded by HIVOS, Netherlands. This project aims to enhance incomes of small holder agricultural households in 3 districts (Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai and Nagapattinam) of Tamil Nadu, India, in an accelerated and sustainable way.
CIKS completed eighteen years on 23rd January 2013. The entire team from all locations had a meeting and celebration at Jamunamarathur in Jawadhu hills of Thiruvannamalai district where CIKS has been active for last four years. On 25th January morning there was a review and presentation of the work of CIKS since its inception. Presentations were made by Mr. A. V. Balasubramanian and Dr. K. Vijayalakshmi and this was followed by an overview wherein Mr. A. V. Balasubra manian shared the outcome of the strategic planning exercise to evolve a work plan for the next five years for CIKS in which a core team of members had been involved with facilitation by Catalyst Management Services (CMS), Bengaluru. This was followed by a discussion with the team members that was facilitated by
Mr. Raghunathan, Director, CMS, Bengaluru. A time line was drawn up for discussions with various group members of CIKS to have a detailed work plan for the next five years. Following this on 25 th and 26 th January there were cultural programmes and games and local visits to the Kavalur Observatory as well as to some locations where CIKS has been active.
CREATING LIVELIHOODS THROUGH ORGANIC FARMING
Agriculture is the supporting structure of the Indian economy; however, the growth in the agriculture sector has been slow. The government of India, through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), has initiated several welfare measures – increasing agricultural credit, technology transfer, strengthening agricultural extension, supporting and popularizing new and appropriate technologies, improving market access and linkages - to accelerate the growth in this sector.
The contribution of women to rural economy has often not only been neglected but under-estimated as well. They are, even today, seen only as ‘care takers' and ‘home makers'. As a consequence they have less access to productive resources and opportunities – land, education, financial services, technology, and rural employment. In spite of this gender bias, the contribution of women to household income has been changing over the years in the rural areas.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PROJECT ON SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS THROUGH ORGANIC FARMING IN TAMIL NADU
Our Centre implemented this project in Tamil Nadu with support from Jamsetji Tata Trust, Mumbai. The project activities were implemented in Kancheepuram, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul and Nagapattinam districts. Some of the highlights of this project.
ECOFRIENDLY RAT MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES IN THE PADDY FIELD (English & Tamil)
Editors :Subhashini Sridhar, A. Rajesh,
R. Abarna Thooyavathy and
Vijay R Subbiah and R. Manikandan - August, 2012
This publication is a compilation of our experience and work carried out under the project on “Ecofriendly Management Strategies to Reduce Rat Damage in Agricultural Crops” implemented with the financial support from the Department of Science and Technology. It provides details on various experiments conducted on ecofriendly rat management practices, surveys conducted, rat management using Irula's expertise, rat management by conserving natural enemies like barn owls and snakes, rat eradication campaigns conducted in project villages and awareness programmes organized.
A TOUR OF OUR EXPERIMENTAL FARM
CIKS maintains a 11.14 acre organic farm in a village called Sukkankollai which is in the Maduranthakam taluk of Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. It is 4 kms from the famous Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. The farm is an important hub for all our activities.
CIKS is registered as an independent trust.
Donations to the centre are exempt under Section. 80 G of the income tax act
The centre also receives contributions from foreign sources. We have a permanent registration number alloted under the
FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) - Registration number 075900632 dated 27th July 1998. All material copyrighted property of Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, India.
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