Varieties recently released :
- Pavithra, Panjami, Uma, Karishma, Krishnanjana : Tolerant to gall midge
- 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
- Vyjayanthi : High yielding wine red poded
- Subhra : Grain type
- Soubhagya : Small to medium size, high yielding
- Mudicode : Attractive golden yellow fruits, High yielding
- Mudicode : High yielding, Attractive colour
: First brinjal hybrid of KAU, bacterial wilt resistant
- Haritha : High yielding bacterial wilt resistant long duration variety
: White type, long fruits, high yielding
- KAU local : High yielding, highly adaptable
- Indu : High yielding, mosaic tolerant
- Nidhi : Early, high yielding
- Madhumathi : High yielding mid late maturing, high jaggery quality and recovery
- 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.