The government is in the process of preparing a new agrarian policy, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has said.
In his address to the Assembly on the opening day of the first session of the year here on Friday, he said the establishment of a Farmers Welfare Fund Board and Farmers Tribunal was under active consideration.
Mr. Bhardwaj announced the establishment of a coconut park and rice park and a scheme to provide a financial assistance of Rs.4,000 per hectare for paddy farmers this year.
He said Kerala would be declared an organic farming State by 2016. The first phase of the project to promote organic farming was in progress in Kasaragod district. He said the Kerala Agricultural University would be upgraded to a centre of excellence.
The Governor said modern pig farms would be set up with the support of the Netherlands Agro Foods and Technology Centre, under plans to increase the supply of high protein meat in the market. A 300 tonnes per day (TPD) cattle feed plant and 60 TPD goat feed plant would also be established.
The other major proposals in the animal husbandry sector included the setting up of a Goat Development Board in 2013-’14, regional artificial insemination centres in Wayanad, Kasaragod, and Kozhikode and elevation of the Livestock Management Training Centre in Thiruvananthapuram into a centre of excellence.
Mr. Bhardwaj said 100,000 families would be provided with five bird units to enhance backyard poultry production. The government would implement a special package to achieve self-sufficiency in milk production during the 12th Plan period.
As many as 100,000 female calves would be inducted to increase the domestic milk production by 100,000 litres under a programme titled Govardhini.
Dairy farmers would be given milk production incentive in 2013-’14.
The sewage farm at Valiathura would be modernised into a State Fodder Farm and Training Centre for Fodder Production. The government would institute the Dr. Varghese Kurien memorial award to promote dairy cooperatives.
Rs.4,000 a hectare for paddy farmers this year Kerala to be organic farming State by 2016
Rs.4,000 a hectare for paddy
farmers this year
Kerala to be organic farming State