Kochi

Rising heat, water shortage a concern

Agencies making efforts for local production of vegetables

Rising heat and shortage of water in the district have hit vegetable farming ahead of Vishu and Onam.

Meanwhile, efforts are being made by various agencies to produce vegetables locally. While the Kudumbashree mission has bought a total of over 3,000 acres with the Onam season in view, the Palliakkal Service Cooperative Bank has bought around 68 acres for vegetable and banana cultivation. The CPI(M)’s district unit targets to bring around 5,000 acres under vegetable and banana cultivation, party sources said.

Palliakkal Service Cooperative Bank secretary M.P. Vijayan said a larger area had been taken up for vegetable and banana cultivation, but shortage of water and rising heat had affected 20% of cultivation. However, he said even a short spell of rain could salvage the situation. The bank has taken up extensive soil testing after the floods last year, and crops have shown great promise as the season opened.

The bank also opened an outlet for dairy and poultry items at North Paravur, Mr. Vijayan said, adding that its activities had been expanded substantially to include dairy farming. A total of 68 farmers are directly under the bank’s supervision and are engaged in vegetable, paddy and banana farming. The outlet will soon come out with locally produced milk in bottles instead of plastic containers, he said.

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