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Vegetable cultivation project launched

3 lakh vegetable seed kits to be distributed to farmers in Alappuzha

The Agriculture Department has launched ‘Onathinu Oru Muram Pachakkari’ project in Alappuzha. It was inaugurated by Food and Civil Supplies Minister P. Thilothaman on Saturday.

The project is aimed at mass cultivation of vegetables.

Mr. Thilothaman said the government’s aim was to achieve self-sufficiency in vegetable production.

“This year we are trying to increase the vegetable production. The interventions being made by the Agriculture Department and Horticorp are helping to curb price rise of vegetables in the State. The department is selling vegetables through its stalls at 40 per cent below the market rate,” he said.

The Minister said that as part of the project, vegetable seedlings and vegetable seed kits would be distributed to people in the district. The Agriculture Department will distribute as many as 3 lakh vegetable seed kits to farmers and another 1.5 lakh kits to students in the district. It will also provide seedlings free of cost.

Officials said that the vegetable seedlings produced at the nurseries of the department had been made ready for distribution.

Earlier the government had sanctioned an amount of ₹3.72 crore for expanding vegetable farming in the district.

As part of promoting vegetable cultivation on a commercial scale, the department has formed clusters of five hectares under various Krishi Bhavans.

The department will provide ₹75,000 each to 90 clusters in the district. It will also give financial assistance for carrying out farming in additional land in the district, officials said.

Subsidy

Further, vegetable farmers will be provided 50% subsidy for buying pump sets and other farming equipment.

For setting up poly houses of 100 square metre, 75 per cent subsidy (maximum ₹50,000) will be given. Steps have also been taken to promote vegetable farming in public, private and educational institutions in the district.

Officials said farmers and organisations should contact nearest Krishi Bhavan to receive seedlings and seed kits.

District Panchayat president G. Venugopal presided. District Panchayat vice president Mani Viswanath, Kanjikuzhy Block Panchayat president Prabha Madhu, Kanjikuzhy Grama Panchayat president M.G. Raju and others were present at the function.

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