Kerala sought Rs 600cr to boost farming

Published on: 26 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Agriculture News

KP Mohanthe agriculture Minister of Kerala called on Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and sought over Rs 600 crore funds to boost the farm sector in the state here on Wednesday.

Mohanan submitted eight proposals seeking funds for improving irrigation infrastructure, development of ethnic fruit cultivation, promotion of high-yielding dwarf variety of coconut palms, farm mechanisation, rejuvenation of ponds among others.

Mohan said " “Kerala is on its way to achieve self-sufficiency in agricultural produce. To achieve this objective, we need to expand area of cultivation in fallow land and irrigation facilities,” .

Of the total funds, about Rs 250 crore has been sought for achieving self-sufficiency, Mohanan said in the representation made to the Union minister. Faced with labour shortage, the minister has demanded funds to promote farm mechanisation and promotion of high-yielding dwarf variety of coconut palm.

The funding recuirement of Kerala is over Rs 600 crore to raise the farm assistance given for crop loss due to natural calamity and for conservation and development of indigenous cattle breeds in the state.


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