Good response to State agri proposal from Union Ministry, says Minister


The State government has received a very positive response from Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh to some of the proposals made in the draft of a new State Agriculture policy, Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan has said.

The policy included a separate budget for the farming sector and a special crop insurance project for the farmers, he said.

He was speaking after the State-level inauguration of a comprehensive vegetable cultivation project for the 2014-15 fiscal at the Tagore Centenary Hall, here, on Friday.

Mr. Mohanan said the Union Minister, who recently held discussions with the State government, was very happy with the proposals made by Kerala as part of making a fresh policy.

“It was he himself who suggested the scope of implementing some of the proposals nation-wide for the welfare of the farming sector in the country,” he said.

According to Mr. Mohanan, the State would be getting a copious fund of Rs.1,257 crore during the 2014-15 fiscal to develop the agriculture sector.

“During the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance-led government too, the State was fortunate to get very good funding for the sector,” he said. Announcing some of the new plans of the government, the Minister said steps would be taken to open at least one model cattle farm in each grama panchayat at the earliest with direct funding of the State government.

Use of organic manure

“The project is mainly aimed at promoting the use of organic manure for vegetable cultivation,” he added.

Also, the Minister maintained that special collection centres would be launched in all Krishi Bhavans in Kerala to procure home-grown vegetables and effectively market it through various government-supported agencies.

Lauding the “enthusiasm” already shown by the students’ community in Kerala towards various agriculture promotion programmes of the government, the Minister said a similar zeal should come from all citizens to make barren land cultivable in the State.

The function also witnessed the State-level distribution of bio-gas plants for schools and the presentation of various excellence awards instituted by the Agriculture Department for the students and schools those rendered an outstanding service in the last fiscal for promoting vegetable farming.

Mayor A.K. Premajam presided over the function.

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