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Plan to bring 125 hectares under high-yielding fruits

Farmer-friendly effort: Fruit saplings being given to a farmer of Pottal near Tirunelveli on Friday.

Farmer-friendly effort: Fruit saplings being given to a farmer of Pottal near Tirunelveli on Friday.  

Staff Reporter

Ryots to get vegetable seeds, fruit saplings at 50 per cent subsidy

TIRUNELVELI: High-yielding fruit plants such as sapota (variety PKM-1), guava (variety lucknow-49) and acid-lime layers, procured from the State Horticultural Farm at Kanyakumari, were being distributed to farmers by the Department of Horticulture at 50 per cent subsidised rate under the Integrated Horticulture Development Scheme in the district, T.V. Katchi Jamal, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Tirunelveli, has informed.

Addressing a NSS camp organised by St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai at Pottal village near here recently, Mr. Katchi Jamal said the district had received Rs.9.50 lakh to cover an area of 125 hectares under high-yielding fruit plants and 570 hectares under hybrid vegetables during the current fiscal under the scheme that carries attractive subsidy. Under this scheme, fruit saplings and vegetable seeds were being distributed to poor farmers at 50 per cent subsidy.

He emphasised the need to increase the area under highly remunerative horticultural crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and also motivate farmers to grow fruit plants in their gardens.

He distributed sapota grafts and acid-lime layers to seven beneficiaries, including four Dalit farmers in the presence of M. Ramachandran, Assistant Director of Horticulture.

S. Raja Mohamed, Horticultural Officer, Palayamkottai, S. Arulraj and Peter, NSS coordinators of St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai were present on the occasion.

Over 100 NSS volunteers of the college had camped at Pottal village for about a week to conduct a range of welfare programmes.

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