Kollam panchayat to grow vegetables for Onam

By TheHindu on 18 Nov 2016 | read

A meeting of the district panchayat committee on Wednesday decided to cultivate organically grown vegetables for Onam on 100 acres of the Government Agricultural Farm at Anchal.

District Panchayat president S. Jayamohan said that the aim is make the people of the district less dependent upon imported vegetables with high pesticide content.

He said that for Onam last year, organically grown vegetables were cultivated in 30 acres on the same farm and kits containing 10 vegetables were sold to more than 8,000 families.

This year the cultivation will be carried out through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

A meeting with agricultural officers in the district will be held at the Anchal farm on Thursday to chart out the project for the purpose.

Mr. Jayamohan said that the district panchayat also has plans to produce and market organic fertilizers to the vegetable farmers.

On May 13, a vending machine for vegetable seeds will start operating from the Bishop Jerome Nagar commercial complex in the city. The seeds are those produced at the Anchal farm.

Development Standing Committee chairman of the district panchayat Biju K. Matthew said that organic farming of vegetables for the market will be made a permanent feature at the Anchal farm.

Under this project five vegetable stalls will be opened in the district. The stalls will be at Anchal, Kadakkal, Kottarakara, Karunagapally and Kollam city.

He said that five years ago only 7 per cent of farm land traditionally set up for vegetable farming was used. At present the utilisation has crossed 90 per cent.

Mr. Jayamohan said that a corps of farm labourers christened Samridhi has been created by the district panchayat.

The members have been given scientific training for the purpose. The passing out parade of the corps will be held next week and their services can be utilised right from preparing the land for cultivation to harvesting.

Haritha Bhavan, yet another ambitious programme of the district panchayat will be launched on June 5, the World Environment Day. Under this project saplings of three different vegetables will be distributed to all houses in the district. Mr. Jayamohan also said that a super speciality veterinary hospital at Kollam will be commissioned this month.

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