A good number of technologies and practices have been disseminated among other Voluntary Organisations and among needy people by IRTC during the past 16 years. A few of them are listed below.
The mould developed for the purpose was transferred to traditional masons after necessary training. Training imparted to workers to function as self-employed fitters with the help of voluntary organisations like KSSP and the state agency ANERT. Hundreds of self-employed workers are still in the field assembling PARISHAD ADUPPU in rural houses. More than 5 lakh units of these improved Chulha have been installed in the state.
IRTC has standardised a technology for the production of toilet and washing soap by the cold process. Moulds for soap making are produced at IRTC and supplied at reasonable rates. Training programmes are arranged by voluntary organisations all over the state and IRTC provides technical support. Soap kits using quality raw materials are supplied to needy groups and voluntary organisations. Training is given every month at IRTC and at the 14 district offices of KSSP. In addition many other voluntary organisations like Gandhi Darsan, Gandhi Study Centre, CRSD, Brahmagiri Development Society, Farmers groups, SHGs attached to voluntary organisations and Kudumbasree are engaged in training and formation of soap making units in association with IRTC. Many voluntary organisations from outside Kerala also associate with IRTC. 1) SWEED, Madurai 2) Kerala Samajam, Bangalore. 3) Outreach, Bangalore. 4) PSF, Pondichery. 5) FIDES, Bangalore 6) TIDE, Bangalore .7) Samagra, Anand 8) TNSF and 9) BGVS are some of them. More than 5000 soap kits (each giving 20 soap cakes) are distributed every month from IRTC. About 2000 women are earning a living through this activity.
The facilities set up at IRTC as part of a DST supported project have been developed into a mushroom and spawn production and training facility. More than 600 women from self help groups, voluntary organisations and self employed units set up by local bodies have been given training on production of oyster mushroom. On an average, 1000-1200 mushroom spawn packets are distributed every month to farmer groups.
From the beginning itself, IRTC was involved in disseminating the concept of low cost housing. The focus was on popularisation of cost reduction techniques through the design and supervision of buildings and conducting training camps, workshops etc, for masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and engineers for the up-gradation of their skill. About 250 masons were directly trained by IRTC. Later, as the concept became popular, other voluntary organisations like COSTFORD and Nirmithi Kendra have also started training the masons. The concept was very well received and thousands of houses constructed on these principles can be seen throughout the state.
A training-cum-extension centre was established at IRTC as part of projects by DST and Central Silk Board. To popularize the sericulture practices in Kerala as an income generating activity, IRTC conducted a number of training programmes, demonstrations, etc for the farmers. IRTC imparted training to trainers and farmers especially to women throughout the state. Latter it was found to be a non-viable cultivation for the local climatic conditions and IRTC closed its Sericulture wing. Sericulture is still in practice in areas were climatic conditions are favourable.
With a large number of ponds, Palakkad district has good potential for fresh water aquaculture. In order to popularise and disseminate the aquaculture practice, IRTC has established an aquaculture service support system. Training programmes on scientific fish farming and farm management, supply of quality spawn, technical and organisational support, etc are the major activities. IRTC is also giving training in ornamental fish culture and supplying spawns and breeders.
Making use of the infrastructure and expertise developed as part of the DST funded project, IRTC is giving training to the traditional potters and others on motorised wheel. IRTC is also giving training in decoupage and other techniques for value addition of studio pottery items.
IRTC is promoting cultivation of vegetables, fruit trees, ornamentals and establishing nurseries as another income generating activity. Established a mother nursery in IRTC. Trainings are being given to the people in nursery practices. Saplings of Plants and seeds are also distributed to farmers
Azolla is being extensively promoted as a nitrogen rich cattle feed. It has high potential as nitrogen yielding manure. IRTC is promoting the cultivation of Azolla among farmer groups with the help of other voluntary organisations. Azolla seeds are being supplied to agencies in Kerala, Tamilnadu and, Andhra Pradesh