Technology Assessment and Refinement of Farming Practices in Vypeen Island, Kerala: Implications for Designing Effective and Socially Optimal Development Strategies

Sathiadhas, R and Krishnan, L and Jayan, K N and Ramachandran, C and Vipinkumar, V P (2005) Technology Assessment and Refinement of Farming Practices in Vypeen Island, Kerala: Implications for Designing Effective and Socially Optimal Development Strategies. In: The Seventh Indian Fisheries Forum Proceedings, 8 - 12 November 2005, Bangalore.

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Traditional farming practices of diverse production systems in a defined coastal agro-ecosystem is assessedthrough participatoryapproachesand later refinedthrougha plannedset of techno-interventions,as part of the widely acclaimed Institution Village Linkage Programme (IVLP). The strategies adopted for the implementationand executionof IVLPbythe Central MarineFisheriesResearchInstitute,Kochi hasembedded with tools for a socially optimal development paradigm. The techno-interventions are carried out in a coastal village of Vypeen Island -Elamkunnapuzha- in Ernakulam district during first phase and later to the whole of Vypeen Island, for horizontally expanded interventions in second phase. The present paper focuses on the extension processes that contributedto the success of IVLPand alsoon a comparativeeconomic assessment of the consumptive value of the various produce brewed out of plannedscientific interventions in aquaculture, livestock management and agri-hortifarming.The study made useof the secondary data from IVLPof CMFRI and a rapid rural appraisal on linkages and sustainability components. The IVLP has been successful in building instantaneous linkagesamong farmers, fisherfolk, researchinstitutions, agricultural universitiesand the local extension system. The linkages established by IVLP is assessed by way of actor-linkage-matrix developed for monitoring partnership building and found that it has made significant linkages with various institutions. There is enough space for building further linkages especially with NGOs and other community based organisations for an intensivesustainability of the project benefit. Onthe output side, the comparative economic assessment revealsthe considerable improvement in overall productionand earnings comparedto traditional farming practices. Aquaculture demands comparatively more investment than those of livestock management and agri-horti farming,and resulted in better economic returns.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Farming practices; Technology assessment
Subjects:Aquaculture
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Extension
ID Code:5678
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 14:22
Last Modified:26 Oct 2010 14:22

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