Tirupur: The beetroot cultivation, which is now in a nascent stage in Tirupur block, is to get a boost as the Department of Horticulture plans large-scale promotion of the crop using the corpus earmarked under Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water-bodies Restoration and Management (IAMWARM) project, this fiscal.
Official sources told The Hindu that under the scheme, it was planned to distribute high quality inputs and harvesting tools worth Rs 1.5 lakh to a total of 20 farmers for raising beetroot on 10 hectares.
“We will give a package containing high yielding beetroot seeds, bio-pesticides, micro nutrients and bio fertilizers, to each of the farmers to help them obtain better remuneration from the produce,” sources said.
The experts from the department will also educate the farmers on good sowing techniques to get clusters of high quality seedlings and methods to ensure that the plants are fed with appropriate quantity of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and boron, the most required nutrients for the species.
The sources said that the 20 beneficiaries would be automatically be entitled to obtain subsidy assistance extended by the Department of Agricultural Engineering to establish irrigation systems in their land holdings under another component of IAMWARM project.
“We are expecting a yield of about 22 tonnes per hectare from the area covered under the scheme against the normal yield of 18 tonnes a hectare,” a horticulture official said.
Officials said that the harvest of high yielding Grand Naine variety of banana being raised on 16 hectare in Tirupur block using the funds allocated under the IAMWARM project for 2008-09 fiscal, would be carried out in October this year.
“We have given about 33,000 seedlings of Grand Naine, which is a Cavendish variety introduced to the country from Israel, at highly subsidised rates towards the end of last fiscal and yield has been pegged at 35 tonnes an acre vis a vis 25 tonnes from normal varieties like poovan and rasthali,” they added.