KERALA

Organic farming to be promoted in 83 villages

A Correspondent

KATTAPPANA: As part of a project of the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK) to develop thousand organic vegetable villages, 83 such villages have been formed in the district.

The project, sponsored by the State Horticulture Mission (SHM) and the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), aims at starting organic cultivation in at least five hectares in each such village.

An amount of Rs.188.5 lakh has been earmarked for implementing the project.

The amount will be used for building Swayasraya Karshaka Vipanies (SKVs) and for providing training to farmers on modern methods of farming. Sources in VFPCK said that initial work has already begun in all the selected villages.

Twenty-five villages in the district that cultivate vegetables in more than five hectares would be given a subsidy of Rs.10,000 each, while the rest would get Rs.2,500 each. The project aims at starting cultivation in 415 hectares to produce 83,000 metric tonne of vegetables, they said.

Four schemes supported by SHM are underway in the district for spreading winter farming and the cultivation of plantain, vegetables and pineapple. The areas are selected considering the climatic and soil conditions.

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