District puts up a good show in vegetable and banana farming too
KOLLAM: Paddy production in Kollam district touched 22,228 tonnes during 2008-2009, which, Principal Agricultural Officer Sharad Chandra Kumar said, was a record in the district. The produce was realised from 6,507.22 hectares that came under paddy cultivation during the year.
Mr. Chandra Kumar said that bringing more than 1,113 hectares of fallow land in the district under paddy cultivation was the prime cause for the record production. At Sasthamcotta block, 296.84 hectares of fallow land cultivated, the highest in the district.
At Chathannur block 168.74 hectares of fallow land was brought under cultivation. At Ochira it was 162.248 hectares, at Kottarakara 88.678 hectares, at Anchal 76 hectares, at Eravipuram 54. 96 hectares, at Chadayamangalam 52.2 hectares, at Punalur 51.96 hectares, at Vettikavala 51 hectares, at Kundara 40 hectares, at Chavara 34.716 hectares, at Karunagapally 30 hectares and at Kollam 7 hectares.
A total of 1,889.029 hectares came under paddy cultivation for the first crop and the production was 4,916.82 tonnes. For the second crop, the area cultivated was 4,196.7 hectares and the production was 15,427.05 tonnes. The figures for the third crop were 421.5 hectares and 1,884.55 tonnes.
This year’s target
Mr. Chandra Kumar said that while the target for this year was to bring an additional 1,000 hectares under paddy cultivation, the Agriculture Department was confident that they could begin agricultural activity in 1,102 hectares.
The paddy requirement for the district is around 42,000 tonnes. The average productivity stands at three tonnes per hectare. Target was to increase productivity to four tonnes per hectare and produce 28,000 tonnes, he said.
Vegetable production is also making remarkable progress in the district. While the vegetable requirement in the district is about 50,000 tonnes, the district managed to produce 16,000 tonnes of vegetables during 2008-2009.
Over 800 hectares of land was utilised for vegetable cultivation during the period. The productivity rate was 20 tonnes per hectare. Steps are being taken to bring 1,500 hectares under vegetable cultivation, increase productivity to 25 tonnes per hectare and increase production to 37,500 tonnes.
The district is doing comparatively well in banana cultivation. During 2008-2009 banana was cultivated in 9,495 hectares of land. The total production for the period was 1,899 lakh tonnes at an average productivity rate of 20 tonnes per hectare. The annual banana requirement for the district is calculated at 2,373 lakh tonnes. Mr. Chandra Kumar said that the aim was to bring another 1,000 hectares under banana cultivation and meet the target of 2,361 metric tonnes.