The Department of Horticulture has introduced poly green house technology for vegetable cultivation to wean away farmers from seasonal and conventional cultivation method and take up cultivation of high yielding vegetables throughout the year.
The technology, which helps farmers to cultivate vegetables in a controlled weather condition and in protective environment, has been widely practiced in higher elevation areas like the Nilgiris, Kodaikanal and Hosur and introduced in this district for the first time. The farmers who had been cultivating vegetables using groundwater and other sources during a particular season in a year, could cultivate high yielding varieties round the year and increase production by four to five times if they switched over to the new technology, V. Gangadharan, Deputy Director of Horticulture said, on Wednesday.
He said high yielding vegetables such as cucumber and capsicum could be cultivated in the green poly house as it had facilities to control the temperature. The technology would be ideal for high yielding cucumber and the crop could be cultivated thrice a year.
“If a farmer sets up a 1,000 square metre green poly house at a cost of Rs. 10 lakhs, he can cultivate 40 to 45 tonnes of cucumber a year and earn Rs. 9 lakhs,” he said adding the new technology would be introduced this year on about 4,000 sq. metre on an experimental basis involving five or six farmers. At present, farmers were cultivating brinjal, ladies finger, tomato and cluster beans on about 600 hectares and they harvested 25 tonnes of vegetables per hectare, Mr. Gangadharan said.
Meanwhile, a press release said that farmers who wished to establish the green poly houses would be given 50 per cent subsidy under the Integrated Horticulture Development Scheme. A farmer could get the subsidy for a maximum of 40,000 sq. ft. At the rate of Rs. 4.65 lakhs per 10,000 sq. ft., an entrepreneur could get maximum subsidy of Rs. 18 lakh. Interested farmers could contact the officials in Ramanathapuram on phone number - 04567-230328.
D. J. Walter Scott