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IFSRS, Karamana

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Integrated Farming Systems Research Station  (IFSRS), Karamana, Thiruvananthapuram

The IFSRS is situated at Nedumcaud, Karamana 3.0 km south east of Thiruvananthapuram Central railway and bus stations.  The station has an area of 7.65 ha of which 7.25 ha is double cropped wet land and 0.4 ha garden land. The centre, formerly known as the Model Agronomic Research Station, was established in 1955. New schemes and projects were started from 1968 onwards under the All India Co-ordinated Agro-nomic Research Project (AICARP) of the ICAR. From October, 1983 onwards, the station was upgraded as the HQ of the AICARP in Kerala.

The mandate of the station is development and validation of region specific integrated farming system model for enhanced system productivity,  profitability and sustainability and to undertake research, training, extension and developmental activities on various aspects of urban and periurban agriculture.



Topic Name Link to YouTube Video

Krishi Arivukal series  - Introduction

(Dr. Jacob John, Professor and Head) 18.06.2020

IFSRS family is happy to present before you a series entitled "Krishi arivukal" which we are confident, will benefit the farming community and all interested in agriculture. The information shared will help to strengthen our efforts to achieve the objectives of "Subhiksha Keralam".


Krishi arivukal II - Biofumigation

(Dr. Sajeena, A. , Assistant Professor- Plant Pathology) 19.06.2020

Biofumigation is an ecofriendly and effective alternative to chemical fumigants by which soil born disease, nematodes and certain insects can be managed; besides having plant growth promotion activities.


Krishi Arivukal lll - Foliar Nutrition

(Dr. Sudha, B., Assistant Professor- Agronomy) 26.06.2020

Crop nutrition is a very important aspect of crop production. Foliar nutrition, the application of fertilizer materials to plant foliage has been identified as an efficient mechanism for crop nutrition, well in support of nutrient addition through soil. The merits of foliar nutrition and the various factors to be considered in foliar nutrition are detailed here.-


Krishi Arivukal lV- Fish farming

(Sri. Hiroshkumar, Scientific Officer) 03.07.2020

Pisciculture or Fish farming is a very important allied enterprise in integrated farming systems. Fish can be reared in natural ponds or in artificial water harvest structures. Aquaponics and re circulatory aquaculture offer new possibilities for fish rearing and additional income even for small and marginal farmers.


Krishi Arivukal V - Homestead Farming

(Krishnakumar , Scientific Officer) 10.07.2020

Homestead farming is the most predominant farming system of Kerala. Revitalizing the home gardens of Kerala by inclusion of various allied enterprises is of utmost importance in the context of ensuring food security.


Niraputhari Visheshangal

(Krishnakumar , Scientific Officer) 17.07.2020

Distribution of rice panicles for Niraputhari celebration is a unique service offered by IFSRS,Karamana,functioning under Kerala Agricultural University. Panicles harvested from an area of one metre square of rice field are sold for Rs.100. Rice panicle bunches(Ayar) regarded as a symbol of prosperity and which are used for decorating households are sold from here at prices ranging from Rs.500 to Rs.2500 depending on their size. Micro ayars which cost Rs.250 are of much demand especially during Niraputhari season.


Krishi Arivukal VI - IFS for Soil Health

(Dr. Meera, A. V., Asst. Professor- SS&AC) -24.07.2020

Soil health or soil quality is an integration of physical, chemical and biological attributes. Proper recycling of bio-wastes generated in integrated farming system helps to restore soil health and thus ecological sustenance.


Krishi Arivukal VII - Vertical Farming

(Dr. Jacob John, Professor and Head) 31.07.2020

Growing vegetables is gaining tremendous popularity, especially among urban dwellers. Maintaining vegetable gardens in terraces and balconies is a practical option for an urban farmer. To support such farmers, IFSRS, Karamana, functioning under the Kerala Agricultural University, has developed different structures/models for vertical farming, each with unique features. A model terrace garden, of nearly 3 cents, maintained here, produces about 350 kg of vegetables annually by way of increased production from unit area through vertical intensification using different structures.

Activities of the IFSRS Karamana station telecast by DDK on 12-08-2020

Krishi Arivukal IX  - Green Manure The IFS way for Soil Health"

(Dr. Sudha, B., Assistant Professor- Agronomy) 17.08.2020


Krishi Arivukal X: “"Vermicompost: A potential nutrient source in IFS"

(Dr. Meera, A. V., Assistant Professor- SS&AC)  22.08.2020

https://youtu.be/d1KLl1-8xrM (

Krishi Arivukal XI: “Profitable rice farming through IFS practices"

(Krishnakumar , Scientific Officer) 28.08.2020


Krishi Arivukal XII: "Quality feed at low cost in IFS" 

(Dr. Jacob John, Professor and Head) on 06.09.2020

Krishi Arivukal XIII:  "Weed and papaya leaf extracts - potential pesticides in IFS". (Dr. Sajeena, A., Assistant Professor- Plant Pathology) on 11.09.2020 https://youtu.be/VftmepOBijs
IFSRS, Karamana- Karshaka Dinam 2020 - Karshaka Dinam was celebrated at IFSRS Karamana with the active participation of LSGD and farmers from the locality. https://youtu.be/vYbL833i82o



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