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- Self Help Group
Self Help Groups (SHGs) are the backbone of VFPCK. SHGs are groups of farmers with identified common objectives, tasks, group identities and neighbourhood. The Council is moulding the SHGs as the basic local institutional units for introducing innovative interventions in horticulture. Read more
- Participatory Technology Development
Participatory Technology Development (PTD) is an approach which ensures the active involvement of the farmers in technology upgradation and refinement. Farmers play the key role in technology development and its diffusion.
- Extension Programmes
The extension approach is marked with features like office-less extension, frequent farm and home visits by professionally qualified extension personnel and mass awareness programmes like campaigns, demonstrations etc. Read more..
- Supply of Seeds
Vegetable seeds of 19 different types of High Yielding Crops suitable to the Agro Climatic conditions of the State are produced by 104 trained Seed Growers under the technical guidance of officials of VFPCK. Read more..
- Seed Training Institute
The mission of the Institute is to achieve the goal set by the Government of Kerala to a food secure State. , This centre hopes to evolve as a common platform where policymakers, scientists, department officials and farmers together prepare the roadmap for "SUCCESS in AGRICULTURE" Read more..
- Planting Materials
VFPCK produce and supply seedlings to farmers from our hi-tech seedling production units. In addition to the seeds and seedlings, Grow bags and Manures for homestead garden are available for sale at VFPCK Krishi Business Kendra. Read more..
- Terrace Gardening
An urban homestead farming venture in Cochin Corporation area aims at promoting organic vegetable cultivation so as to produce farm fresh vegetables in terraces to make each household self sufficient in vegetable production. Read more...
- Safe to eat concept
The organic farming programme is aimed at bringing to forefront the advantages of choosing organic food in an era where food materials increasingly come with pesticide contamination.VFPCK had always included organic farming in the regular programs and Organic Certification is also being looked into as a new program.
- Tissue Culture Lab
VFPCK have a modern, well equipped production facility, capable of producing up to 50,000 tissue culture plants a month. The main aim of the Tissue Culture Lab is the production of virus-free rootstocks. Read more...
VFPCK focuses on empowerment of farmers through training. VFPCK take a shift from the routine classroom teaching pattern to a highly participatory and intimate style involving brain storming sessions. Read more...
- Credit Package
VFPCK credit package is a collaborative effort to support commercial fruit and vegetable sector in Kerala. The package is implemented in association with leading commercial banks. Read more...
- Insurance Package
For the benefit of member farmers , VFPCK implement various insurance packages like Crop Insurance, health insurance scheme for farmers, Life insurance scheme for farmers etc in association with insurance agencies. Read more...
- Market Information Centre (MIC)
The Market Information Centre (MIC) at VFPCK headquarters collects market data of vegetables and fruits on a daily basis from 16 wholesale markets in Kerala and also from 4 other states. These data is available in our website. Read more...
- Farmer Markets (Swasraya Karshaka Samithi)
The concept of group marketing provides SHG farmers better access to markets and therefore a greater share in the consumerís rupee The SKS thus facilitates trading between farmers and traders and improves their bargaining power through better access with markets and traders. Read more...
- Retail outlets
As part of diversification, VFPCK has ventured into retailing very recently Read more...
- Weather Data
With the objective of providing timely weather advises to the farmers and supplementing better inputs for crop-weather research, VFPCK has set up a network of Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in the State. The data is analyzed on a daily basis and updates are made available online in our website. Read more...