Proposals invited to develop 43 farms across the State
The State Government has invited proposals to develop 43 horticulture farms under private-public partnership (PPP) initiative on develop, finance, manage, operate and transfer (DFMOT) basis. None of the farms in Kodagu figures in the list.
Karnataka State Horticulture Development Agency (KSHDA) of the Department of Horticulture intends to develop such farms under PPP by adopting latest technologies, innovative ideas and investing in the project to promote horticulture. Of the 43 farms, 21 are under category A, ranging from four to 25 acres. The rest come under category B, ranging from 25 acres to 291 acres, the Deputy Director of the Department of Horticulture (Kodagu), J. Shivamurthy said on Tuesday.
He said that in the first phase, bidders had been identified for developing 13 farms. Successful bidders could take up activities such as establishment of horticulture resource centres, botanical gardens and horticulture conservation centres, post-harvest handling and marketing.
The last date for submitting bids is January 3. Details may be had on www.horticulture.kar.nic.in.
The four horticulture farms under the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat are at Napoklu in Madikeri taluk (23 acres), Aruvatoklu near Gonicoppa in Virajpet taluk (10 acres), Kudige in Somwarpet taluk (10 acres) and Balagunda in Somwarpet taluk (nine acres). In the Napoklu farm, 12 acres had been developed and it had pepper, pineapple and orange nurseries. The rest of the area faced flood threat from the Cauvery every year, Mr. Shivamurthy said. The other three farms had been developed and were functioning well, he added.
However, the farms in Kodagu, which are under the State sector, cannot be developed on the PPP basis as land is yet to be transferred to the Department of Horticulture here.
The training centres at the 250-acre Madapur farm in Somwarpet taluk had been closed. As many as 50,000 orange and 1.12 lakh pepper saplings were supplied to farmers from the nursery there during 2009-10, Mr. Shivamurthy said.
A survey of the 100-acre farm at Madalapura in Somwarpet taluk had been completed. The Irrigation Department had given over the vacant land at the Harangi reservoir to the Department of Horticulture to develop a garden on the lines of Brindavan Gardens in KRS near Mysore.