FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING MAIN TOPICS FIELD SUPERVISOR GRADE II (CATEGORY NO.417/2007)
AGRONOMY Major branches, classification of crops, area and production of important crops. Agricultural meteorology, Important soil types, soil erosion, soil conservation, soil testing. Elements in plant nutrition. Inorganic and organic fertilizers, organic farming. Qualities of good seed, seed production. Cultivation practices, seasons, varieties. Tillage, land preparation. Weeds, weed management. Farming systems, post harvest management, marketing and finance. Watershed development. HORTICULTURE Branches of horticulture, methods of propagation sexual- asexual. Cultivation and processing of common ornamentals,fruits, vegetables, plantation crops, medicinal plants, spices and aromatic plants. Tissue culture for crop production and improvement. PLANT PROTECTION Causes of pest and disease outbreaks, assessment of losses due to pests and diseases, classification and characters of insect pests and microbial plant pathogens. Major pests and diseases of major crops in Kerala. Insect pest management, integrated disease management, biological control of pests and diseases. Plant protection equipments.
NOTE: - It may be noted that apart from the topics detailed above, questions from other topics prescribed for the educational qualification of the post may appear in the question paper. There is no undertaking that all the topics above may be covered in the question paper.