Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: District panchayat president A. Santhakumari has said that the panchayat in association with various other local self-government institutions in the district will purchase five combine harvesters, tractors and trailers this year to promote mechanised paddy farming in the district.

She was inaugurating a workshop on paddy promotion organised by the district panchayat at Royal Auditorium here on Thursday.

According to the panchayat president, a sum of Rs.1.38 crore had been set apart for purchasing machines in the current financial year. Ms. Santhakumari said that the panchayat had also launched an intensive vegetable cultivation programme aimed at increasing vegetable production in the district with the help of the Kudumbasree Mission and various other self-help groups.

Representatives of the Parakode, Elanthoor, Konni and Ranni block panchayatsattended the workshop.