Together always - In the service of society through agro processing and value addition
Mrs. and Mr.Kurien Oommen hails from Kozhencherry Taluk of Pathanamthitta district, returned to their native place after their service in and abroad during the year 2010. They had only thought of a relaxed retired life when they back in Kerala. The thought of sitting idle after a long hectic life schedule made them restless. The programme announcements of KVK in dailies gave them a spark of new life for them.
The thought that they could do something valuable to the society in their retired life gave them real motivation. They had plenty of fruit trees in their premises which were all decayed due to lack knowledge in how to handle them effectively. Both of them were attended various trainings, workshops, exposure programmes in Agro-processing and value addition which enabled them to convert the natural resources in their garden to various value added products. Since the major focus of KVK is value addition of jack fruit and other locally available under utilized fruits, they also paid special emphasis on same. Which were enabled them to process the jackfruit in their premises and neighboring locality into many value added products of jackfruit like jackfruit juice, jam, pickle, chocolates, candy,etc. All parts of jackfruit were converted into wholesome products. Preservation of jackfruit bulb in an indigenous way is a specialty of them. Other than jackfruit, preservation of other under utilized fruits like raw mango, gooseberry, carambola, papaya were also their mandate.
Later with the back up of KVK ,they were able to attend various exhibitions, with their branded products in State and National level.
Active participation and linkages with KVK lead them to District Industries Centre. They bagged two SSI registrations, one for their unit and another for a rural training centre. Sharing with others was an important goal in their life, the knowledge and training acquired from KVK , Mrs.Annie Kurien was able to work as a ” Master Trainer” and imparting knowledge to one and all. With the directions from KVK, during the year she could able to conduct 7 training programmes in value addition which includes programmes for Extension functionaries at Farmer’s training Centre, Dept. of Agriculture, Govt.of Kerala and Officials from ICAR research Complex, Goa. She also performed as master trainer for KVK in conducting EDP in value addition of jackfruit for Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship, Shillong and demonstrated four value added products which received great applause from the participants.
Impact Horizontal Spread
In order to fasten the spread of KVK innovations in Agro-processing and value addition with special emphasis to jackfruit, she delivered a mass media talk through KVK directed “Krshijalakam” programme in Community FM channel of Radio MACFAST. In addition to fruit processing , She also conducts various demonstration and trainings on food products like chocolate making and baking. Mr.Kurien Oommen is also a close associate of KVK, which helped them to set up a good Bee colony of their own. In their words, with the knowledge gained from KVK, they were uplifted from the crawling baby stage. Both of them are working together hand in hand with KVK for last four years and making use of their full potential in a more fruitful manner.