The Farm Information Bureau (FIB) was established by reorganizing the information wings of the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry department in 1969. It acts as a nodal agency to provide information support to agricultural extension and promotion of various activities/events of the Agriculture Development and Farmers' Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development departments. The headquarters of Farm Information Bureau is situated at Thiruvananthapuram. In 2004, Farm Information Bureau was restructured in to five divisions - Kerala Karshakan Division, Media Liaison Division, Information Technology & Video Production Division, Publication Division and Administration & Accounts Division as per G.O. (Rt.) No.1093/2004/AD,Dtd.26/07/2004.
The FIB has two regional Offices at Ernakulam and Kozhikode respectively headed by Senior Agricultural Officer/Assistant Director of Agriculture. FIB has an advisory committee under the Chairmanship of Agricultural Production Commissioner. The major activities of Farm Information Bureau include the following; The “KeralaKarshakan'' magazine was published since 1954 by the Agricultural information wing of Agriculture Department of Travancore - Cochin State and has been continued regularly by FIB from 1969onwards. The FIB is also publishing KeralaKarshakan, English e-journal uploaded in our www.fibkerala.gov.in.
Farm Information Bureau - Kerala organizes Farm Photography competition, Essay & Short Story competition on Agriculture and Farm Video Contest every year and cash prizes are awarded for the winners. The Farm Information Bureau is an agency which provides the print and visual media with day to day press releases related to agricultural activities/events/new initiatives, coverage of all programmes of the Agriculture Minister and of Ministers of allied sectors. We reach out the state level programmes/ all major schemes, functions/events of the department/award ceremonies to the public by preparing and designing banners/whatsapp posters/logos, advertisements through print media, visual media, AIR, community radio & FM channels and through other extension techniques.
Arranging press conferences for the Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture, preparation of press notes and other related activities are also carried out by Farm Information Bureau. Campaign activities in National and International exhibitions/events, including IITF New Delhi and organizing Kissan Meals at specific locations are also covered under the activities of FIB. Farm News is broadcasted through All India Radio on a daily basis. ‘Njattuvela’ a radio programme by FIB is being broadcasted through FM channels and Akashavani Trissur Station on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week. We also prepare short videos related to agriculture and allied sectors with subjects of recent importance/success stories as part of Departmental activity. A prestigious video programme titled “Noorumeni” is being produced and telecasted through Doordarshan and Kairali News TV channel regularly.
The website www.fibkerala.gov.in is providing information on current activities of the Agriculture department. The FIB publishes "Farm Guide” every year, a diary which contains all basic agricultural data and technical information related to agriculture and allied sectors. Materials like leaflets, booklets, books, brochures, posters, technical bulletins, etc. are also being published for the farming community.
Provide information support to agricultural extension and promotion of various activities/events of the Agriculture Development and Farmers' Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development departments.
To help the farming community in availing various benefits offered and also about the activities/events of the Agriculture Development and Farmers' Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development departments. Also acts as a link between research stations and farming communities by disseminating scientific knowledge/information using different extension methods