Horticulture gets boost in agency areas

Staff Reporter

Two nursery-cum-training centres set up for ryots’ benefit

Tribals getting additional income through orchards

Cashew being cultivated in 40,000 acres

Srikakulam: Tribal farmers in the lush green agency areas of Seethampeta have been experiencing an economic transformation due to massive promotion of the horticulture mission providing an alternative, supplementary and stable sources of income through orchards. Each farmer’s family is able to earn Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 per month which is quite a decent income in a village.

Two major nursery-cum-training centres have been operating at Panuluvalasa and Tupaipuvalasa villages. In the current financial year, three lakh mango plants, 1.5 lakh cashew plants apart from lemon and oranges are made available in the two nurseries for supply to farmers.

Cashew is being cultivated in 40,000 acres by girijan farmers, turmeric in 20,000 acres, apple in 5000 acres and mango plantation in 5000 acres.

Ambitious plans

Tribal farmers and their families are earning a minimum Rs.15,000 per acre and Rs.30,000 per acre in case of those who had taken to inter-cropping of turmeric etc along with the main plantation of mango or cashew. Each farmer is cultivating in a minimum of two to three acres and above and is earning Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 every month apart from their other sources of income like daily wages and NREGP work income. Horticulture officer R. Sreenivasa Rao has told The Hindu that in the current year, efforts are being made to bring one lakh acres of land under cultivation in the seven agency mandals.

Under the Indira Prabha scheme, thousands of acres of waste land is being developed and brought under horticulture plantation. Under the Indira Kranthi programme, food security measures have been taken.

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