Staff Reporter

To enhance production, productivity

KOTTAYAM: Minister for Agriculture Mullakkara Ratnakaran on Monday kicked off a five-year action plan `Vision2012' to turn Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd. (PCK) , one of the largest public sector companies in the agriculture sector in the country, into the most competitive in the agro-industry.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that with more than 14,000 hectares of land under cultivation, PCK is the largest institution of its kind in the public sector and it is imperative that it supports the livelihood of a corresponding number of people. The projects envisioned in Vision 2012, once implemented, will enhance production and productivity of the plantations and also create more job opportunities when the corporation celebrates the golden jubilee of its inception in 2012, he added.

The plan is to use every cent of land available with the Corporation and turn it productive, he said and added that along with intensive farm practices, diversification of produces would also be taken up to optimise profit. Such a strategy would ensure that crisis in any one sector will not result in a collapse of the institution.

The Minister said the Corporation would have to end its over-dependence on rubber plantation and turn to sources such as farm tourism, organic farming and medicinal plants in a big way for future revenue mobilisation.

T.J. Anjelose, chairman, PCK, presided over the function. K. Jayakumar, Agriculture Production Commissioner, delivered the keynote address. V.N. Vasavan, MLA, Reeba Varkey, municipal chairperson, Babu Thomas, managing director, PCK, and others spoke.