Dr Shivakumar Magada conferred with “Environmentalist of the Year 2017”

Dr Shivakumar Magada, Professor of Aquatic Biology and Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dakshina Kannada is conferred with “Environmentalist of the Year 2017” at 4th International Conference on Environment and Ecology on 12.02.18 at Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam.

It was constituted by International Foundation for Environment and Ecology and Confederation of Indian Universities, New Delhi. He has done extensive work on “Reclamation of Problematic Soils” and developed a package of practice, organized winter school, model training course on the same issue. Looking at the acid soil and waterlogging problems in the coastal districts of Karnataka, he came out with a novel idea of establishing “Centre for Applied Research on Problematic Soils (CARPS)” at fisheries college campus, Mangalore.

Organized number of awareness programs on management of coconut pests, global warming, reduction of by-catch, light fishing etc. Use of drone for dispersal of wild tree seeds and management of agriculture farms are some of his innovative ideas.

Sankalp Se Siddhi
(New India Manthan)

ICAR-KVK, Dakshina Kannada organized “Sankalp Se Siddhi” program on 23.08.2017 at KVK Campus, Mangalore. Shri. Naleenkumar Kateel, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Dakhina Kannada inaugurated the program. Dr M N Venugopal, Dean, College of Fisheries Campus presided over the function. Dr S M Shivaprakash, Director of Extension, KVAFSU, Bidar, Mr Maheshkumar, Deputy Director, Department of Fisheries, Dr Rachana, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dr Prabhakar, S., Senior Manager, KMF, DK, Shri Munegowda, Deputy Director of Agriculture, Dr Ramasywamy, Institute for social and Economic Change, Bangalore were the chief guests.
There were 103 farmers from all over the district and 49 officers from the developmental departments. Shri Naleenkumar, MP, DK said that all the stakeholders, line departments have to work in coordination to achieve the goal sent by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modiji that doubling the farmers income by 2022. Oath was given by the MP to all the gathering. All the members present in the house have taken oath to achieve the goals. A short film on the New India Manthan vision with Kannada title was screened after a stage program.
Later, success stories were told by eminent and creative farmers doing different agricultural activities. Mr Blany D’Souza shared his rich experiences in terrace farming. Mr Balakrishna Bhat on apiculture, Mr Balkrishna Sharma on organic farming, Mr Alfred Noronha on integrated farming, Mr Ibrahim Kokradi on poultry farming, Dr Prabhakar on dairy & fodder production and Mr Sunny D’ Souza on Biofloc Technology in shrimp farming and Mr Shankar on New Apps in agriculture and new marketing strategies. Department officers form agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and fisheries explained the schemes and initiatives of their department.
A small exhibition was organized where the stalls of the above said departments were set up for the benefit of farmers. All the farmers were given a small kit containing the schemes of different departments, a writing pad, a pen etc. Some of the farmers were given travel allowances.  Breakfast and a good lunch were arranged for all the attendees.

Shri Naleenkumar Kateel, Member of Parliment, Dakshina Kannada giving the oath


One of the Exhibition stalls arranged during “Sankalp se Siddhi”


Some of the KVK farmers were recognized for their excellence (This Mr Prabhakar of Dareguude village of Mangalore taluk who has adopted IFS concepts under KVKs guidance)

National Fish Farmers’ Day 2017 at First Fisheries College of India

College of Fisheries, Mangalore, ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dakshina Kannada and Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka jointly organized a “National Fish Farmers’ Day 2017 ” at Prof. HPC Shetty Hall, College of Fisheries. There were 120 farmers from different parts of Karnataka registered for the said program. Sri Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Karnataka inaugurated the program by releasing the Amur carp into aquarium. Minister said Government is framing a separate fisheries policy which will be implemented soon. He also insisted to take up more research on fish culture in saline and alkaline soils. The book edited by Dr Jayraj E G, Professor and Head, Department of Aquaculture and Dr Shivakumar Magada, Professor and Head, ICAR-KVK, Dakshina Kannada entitled “Modern Aquaculture Techniques” written in Kannada language was also released by the minister. Dr M N Venugopal, Dean, College of Fisheries, Mangalore presided over the function. Mr V K Shetty, Managing Director was the chief guest. Dr Jayaraj welcomed the gathering. Dr Shivakumar Magada presented a concept explaining the purpose of celebrating fish farmers’ day. Mr Mahesh Kumar, DD, Department of Fisheries proposed vote of thanks. Minister was felicitated by COFAA and thanked the minister for taking action for filling 42 Asst. Director of Fisheries posts in the department. The MD of KFDC Mr V K Shetty was also felicitated since he is superannuating 31st July 2017. Famers were given “Aquakit” containing fish seed, feed, pH paper. Integrated farmers were given Swarnadhara breed of backyard chicks developed by Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), Bidar.

There were four success stories presented by the progressive farmers. Mr Kumar V Naidu, a successful agripreneur from Shimoga explained about integrated fish farming. Mr Naresh Hanbal shared his experience in integrated Farming Systems (IFS) in Malnad area. Both of them showed video clips and power point explaining successful implementation of many innovative ideas. Mr Sunny D’ Souja from Mangalore gave a talk Bio Floc Technology (BFT). He is doing shrimp farming in one acre in Haleyangadi, 20 km away from Mangalore. Using BFT he has harvested 17 t/acre of shrimp in 4 months, saving cost on energy and feeds. Mr Renold D’ Souja, an alumnus of College of Fisheries, Mangalore and successful ornapreneur explained scopes in ornamental fish production and marketing. Dr Shivakumar Magada gave a talk on success stories of IFS from Mandya, Shimoga and Chikkamagalur districts of Karnataka. Mr Krishnaprasad shared his experience in fish culture in Urban Lakes i.e. Sanky Tank of Bangalore. Later Dr Jayaraj summarized all the presentations. There was a open house interaction at the end. Dr Vijaykumar Yargal, Deputy Director, Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Karnataka and Goa region, Dr Asok Kumar, Deputy Director, MPEDA, Dr Varun Bagalodi, Consultant, Ornamental Fish Division, MPEDA, Mrs. Divya, Asst. Director of Fisheries (ADF), Mrs. Sushmitha Rao, ADF, Dr K S Ramesh, Mr Narayan, NETFISH were present in the program. The program was conducted in collaboration with Unibait Feeds, Rudra Techno Feeds,, Hyderabad, NETFISH, MPEDA, Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch (AFSIB), College of Fisheries Alumni Association (COFAA) and Professional Fisheries Graduate Forum (PFGF), Mumbai.

Shri Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. Of Karnataka inaugurating the program by releasing Amur carp into an aquarium

Minister Addressing the gathering

Release of book entitled “Modern Aquaculture TEchnolgoies” edited by Dr E G Jayaraj and Dr Shivakumar Magada

Minister was felicitated by College of Fisheries Alumni Association (COFAA)

Mr Sunny D’ Souja, Progressive Farmer sharing experience in Biofloc Technology in shrimp farming

Mr Kumar V Naidu, Progressive Farmer from Shivamogga sharing experience in Integrated Farming Systems

Mr Reynold D’ Souja, Ornapreneur sharing experience in ornamental fish production and Marketing

Mr Naresh Hanbal from Mudigere sharing his success stories IFS in Malnad region

Mr Krishnaprasad from Bangalore speaking on Urban Fisheries

Dr Shivakumar Magada, Professor and Head, ICAR-KVK, Dakshina Kannada presenting success stories of IF

Participants selected for further studies

Distribution of certificates

Students from Besant Women’s College participated in the program

Dean Dr M N Venugopal distributing the fish seeds to the farmer


Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dakshina Kannada in Collaboration with Karnataka Price Commission, Department of Agriculture organized a workshop on "Enhancement of Farmers' Income and Welfare" and National Farmers' Day on 23.12.2016 at College of Fisheries. Shri B Ramanatha Rai, Hon'ble Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment inaugurated the program.  Shri Ganesh Karnik, MLC presided over the function. Shri U T Khader, Minister for Food and Civil Supply, Sri Naleenkumar Kateel, Member of Parliment, DK, Smt Meenakshi Shanthigodu, President, Zilla Panchyat, DK, Dr Prakash Kammaradi, Chairman, Karnataka Price Commission, Dr SHivanadna Murthy, Registrar, KVAFSU, Bidar, Dr S M Shivaprakash, Director of Extension, KVAFSU, Bidar, Dr M N Venugopal, Dean, College of Fisheries, Dr Poornima Baliga, Dean, KMC, Manipal, Sri Hanumana Gowda belagurki, Adviser, KPC, Smt Kastoori Panja, Vice President, ZP, DK, Dr M R Ravi, CEO, ZP, DK, Mr Kempegowda, JDA, DK, Dr Shivakumar Magada, Head, KVK, DK were present on the occasion. About 450 people participated in the program. University officials submitted proposal for funding support under smart city project worth Rs 12 crores for establishing AGRIPARK at the campus. Six experts delivered a talk on different facets of Integrated Farming System. Daregudde village near Moodabidre was adopted for the study. 

World soil health day celebration and Pre – Rabi campaign

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (D.K), Kankanady, Mangalore celebrated “World soil health day and Pre -Rabi campaign” in collaboration with Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath and Agriculture Department on 05.12.2016. In this occasion, one day training programme on “Importance of soil health and Pre- Rabi campaign” was organized for farmers at KVK premises. The programme was inaugurated by Smt. Meenakshi Shanthigodu, President, ZP, Dakshina Kannada. Shri. Sampath Samrajya, President, Krishika Samaj, D.K., Shri Kempegowda, H., Joint Director of Agriculture, Dr. M. N. Venugopal, Dean, Fisheries college, D. K and Dr. Shivakumar Magada, Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra participated in the programme. The scientists Dr. Punitha, B. C. SMS (Soil science) and Shri. Harish Shenoy SMS (Agronomy) provided technical information in the training programme. Department officials viz., Shri. Nagaraja, H., ADA, Mangalore., Smt. Rajeshwari, AO, Suratkal., Smt. Gangadevi Patil, AO, Mulki., Shri. Abdul Basheer, AAO, Suratkal., Shri.Narasimha, AAO, Moodibidre., Shri. M. T. Ammanavar, AAO, Gurupura., Shri. Kulakarni, B. S., AAO, Gurupura, Shri. Balakrishna, M., AAO, Mangalore B Hobli., Shri. Shankar, technical Asst. ICRISAT., Smt. Savitha, R. M., BTM, Atma, Mangalore and Mr.Yellanna Gowda, N., ATM Atma, Mangalore were present on this occasion.

A total of 102 farmers and farm women were participated in the programme. On this eve 100 soil health cards were also distributed to the farmers. After the technical session, farmers were taken to paddy fields of Krishi Vigyan Kendra where charts of the soil fertility map of Dakshina Kannada were displayed and its importance was conveyed to the farmers. Farmers also visited live crop demonstration of pulses in paddy- pulses cropping system and gained information regarding new varieties of green gram like IPM-2-14 and KKM-3, importance of seed treatment in pulses and cultivation practices. This was followed by  method demonstration of scientific soil sampling in paddy field of KVK farm.

Swachha Bharath Abhyaana Pakwada by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
16-31 0ctober 2016

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dakshina Kannada, College of Fisheries, Mangalore in coordination with Karavali Kalyana Parishad and Lion’s club, Mangalore organized Swachha Bharath Abhiyaana  during 16-31 October, 2016 at different places of Dakshina Kannada District which includes Krishi Vigyana Kendra, Dakshin Kannada, Someshwara Beach, St. Marry’s Island and Tenkamjeeru village. Villagers and other invitees were sensitized on cleanliness and its importance. Dr. Shivkumar Magada, Professor and Head of Krishi Vigyana Kendra, Dakshin Kannada gave a whip up speech and said that “If every citizen of society develops self awareness of creating clean environment and idea of loving their surrounding then only it is possible to create healthful environment. A good nature is the symbol of smart society and health. We have to take responsibility to dispose wastage,   when we visit the places as tourist.” Along with the Krishi Vigyana Kendra, Dakshin Kannada Scientist and Staff, Lion’s club members, and other social workers also participated in this programme. In about 500 m of Someshwara beach, we collected a lorry load of plastic and in St.Marry’s island more than 1000 plastic bottles and other wastage were collected and disposed.

Good environment is the reflection of sensibility and health of the surrounding society

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana awareness program was organized on 13.4.2016 at KVK campus. Sri Naleen Kumar Kateel, MP, inaugurated the program. Dean Dr Shankar presided over the program. Smt Srividya, CEO, ZP was one of the chief guests. Dr Kempegowda, JDA, Mr Yogesh, Deputy Director (Horti), Manager, NABARD were present on the occasion. about 150 farmers attended the program

Recently (9-14, May 2016) concluded Summer camp on Agriculture for kids. This was a new initiative of KVK (D.K). There were 34 participants. Kids were exposed to dairy, piggery, poultry, agri-horticultre, ornamental fish keeping. They were taught thetre activities also.  it was a learning by doing program. 

KVK in collaboration with Vikas Education Foundation celebrating "World Environment Day 2016" on June 5th 2016at Vikas College Campus. First time we are dispersing the tree seeds using drone

In Collaboration with SAMETI, UAS, Bengaluru and Department of Agriculture, Zilla Pacnahyath, Dakshina Kannada KVK is launching a new program called DAESI: Diploma in Agricultural Extension for Input Dealers. It is compulsory for input dealers. Classes will be conducted on Sundays. After 48 such classes, they will be given certificate