For improving coconut productivity in areas under the recently created Amaravathi sub-basin, integrated nutrient management activities are to be taken up the Department of Agriculture on farmers’ holdings at an outlay of around Rs. 23 lakh.

Under the project, a total of 222 coconut farmers spread over Udumalpet, Madathukulam, Mulanur, Vellakoil, Kundadam and Dharapuram blocks under the Amaravathi sub-basin will be given micro-nutrient mixtures, bio-fertilizers and chemical fertilizers free-of-cost besides imparting training on how to maintain soil fertility at optimal levels.

“Our aim is to improve production of nuts as well as augment the income of farmers from per units of land and water,” Joint Director of Agriculture Mohammed Kalimullah Sherif told The Hindu .

Each of the beneficiary farmers will be given micro-nutrient mixtures for a hectare of cultivation at the rate of 1 kg per tree (almost 175 trees under a hectare), one packet of Azospyrillium and Phospoh bacteria (both bio-fertilizers), and 1.3 kg of urea, 2 kg of super phosphate and 2 kg of potash (all three chemical fertilizers).

According to Mr. Sherif, the large scale adoption of integrated nutrient management activities will help the farmers in the Amaravathi sub-basin region to achieve optimum crop growth through regulated nutrient supply.

“The methodology of balanced nutrient application will also ensure sustainability of physical, chemical and biological functioning of the soil and minimizes the deterioration of the soil,” he said.

Apart from this project, the farmers in the Amaravathi sub-basin region are also being given 500 hand-operated and 300 power sprayers free to combat insect and pest attacks in various agriculture crops under cultivation.