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Recent Findings


Varieties recently released :

* Pavithra, Panjami, Uma, Karishma, Krishnanjana : Tolerant to gall midge biotype 5
* Remanika : Short duration variety

* Revathi : Medium duration
* Karishma, Krishnanjana : For kari soils in Kuttanad
* Karuna : Widely adaptable photo sensitive variety
* Deepthi : For high ranges of Kerala
*Makarom, Kumbham : For eastern lateritic belts during mundakan
* Thilathara : Average yield 582 kg/ha
* Sumanjana
*Vyjayanthi : High yielding wine red poded
* Lola
*Subhra : Grain type
*Soubhagya : Small to medium size, high yielding
* Mudicode : Attractive golden yellow fruits, High yielding
* Mudicode : High yielding, Attractive colour
* Arunima
* Neelima : First brinjal hybrid of KAU, bacterial wilt resistant
* Haritha : High yielding bacterial wilt resistant long duration variety
* Priyanka : High yielding  
* Kaumudi : White type, long fruits, high yielding
Ash gourd
* KAU local : High yielding, highly adaptable
* Indu : High yielding, mosaic tolerant
Ridge gourd
* Haritha  
Chinese Potato
* Nidhi : Early, high yielding  
Greater yam
* Indu : High yielding  
Black pepper
* Panniyur 6
* Panniyur 7

* CCRP 1,2,3,4,5 and 6
* Madhumathi : High yielding mid late maturing, high jaggery quality and recovery  

Other Technologies

* Among the new fungicides, Carpropamide was observed to be effective in controlling rice blast disease.
* Ocimum trap plus Malathion 0.1% at monthly intervals is recommended for control of mango fruit flies.
* Studies on crop competition in banana conducted in the high ranges revealed nutrient sharing between mats.
* For guinea grass, farm yard manure was found to be superior to vermicompost with respect to yield.
* Acceptability trials in okra revealed that Thamaravenda was more acceptable than Pusa sawani.
* Storage of cashew apples at 150 C in polythene lined containers was found to prolong the shelf life to two weeks.
* The Agro Advisory Services Unit at Vellanikkara catered to the needs of the farmers of the five Panchayaths viz. Panancherry, Ollukkara, Cherpu, Madakkathara and Porathissery. Weekly Agro- Advisory Bulletins were prepared based on the medium range weather forecast received from the Super Computer Centre, NCMRWF, New Delhi and distributed to the Krishi Bhavans.
* Developed equipment and tools such as tender coconut punch, tender coconut cutter, black pepper thresher, fruit plucker and papaya plucker.
* Ivermectin was found to be the most effective drug (@ 0.3mg/kg 5/C) followed by Karangi oil in the treatment of psoroptes and notoedruscati in rabbits.
* Chaff grain meal, a byproduct of rice mill industry, could be effectively and economically substituted for yellow maize, the costly energy supplement in rations of swine.
* Carcass meal could be effectively included in the diets of pigs.
* Blood as a feed supplement in growing desi pigs was found to be economic.
* Swill is recommended for full replacement of concentrate pig feed.
* Etroplus suratensis seeds could be produced in large numbers by providing egg attaching materials (coconut leaf petiole) in pokkali ponds during the breeding season of October-February.
* Silver carp could be successfully grown in pokkali ponds during the low saline phase from June to October.





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