The Department of Horticulture will take up many projects including development of various farms like mango, coco, chillies and pepper in 3,715 acres, at a total estimated cost of Rs.7.48 crore this year, said Collector K. Nagarajan.

He was presiding over the agriculturists' grievances day meeting held here on Friday.

Main aim of these programmes was to increase production of horticulture produces, including vegetables, spices and flowers. These projects will be implemented with the participation of farmers.

Farm equipment will be given to farmers at a subsidized rate, financial assistance for setting up of vermi-compost unit and seeds and saplings at 50 per cent subsidy would also be provided.

Total rain fall received in the district was slightly higher than the average rainfall in November. The district had received 806.51 mm rain against the average rain of 771 mm. Sufficient stock of agriculture inputs and fertilisers were kept ready for distribution. “At present, we have 2,316 tonnes of urea, 223 tonnes of DAP, 72 tonnes of potash and 1,834 tonnes of complex fertilisers. Farmers should check the price printed on the bag before buying it. Officials should identify beneficiaries and take all schemes to farmers quickly”, he advised.

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