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The goal is for state to achieve self-relieane in foodgrain and vegetables

Coming, 500 Acre Model Agri Farm; Project To Be Carried Out Via Co-op Societies

M SanojUpdated: Monday Jan 24, 2022

Nilambur : 500 acre model farms will be set up in state for vegetable cultivation under Mathrika Krishithottam project. The farming will be initiated through primary co-op societies to commemorate the first anniversary of government. The goal is for the state to to achieve self-reliance in foodgrains and vegetables.

The scheme will be implemented in all districts and will be  over and above the farming activity  currently engaged in by the co-op societies. A maximum of up to Rs 50,000 per individual will be allowed from the govt fund for the purpose. Also private groups and joint liability entities will be formed for carrying out the model farming. Vegetable bazars will be set up on based on geographical location of the societies.

The co-op societies or individuals may use own land, vacant plots or paddy fields for the purpose of agriculture. The farm produce may be sold via village market or vegetable sale centres. Also, the growers may decide on the scale of farming to be undertaken.

More farmland in Kannur

Kannur has the largest farm area  going under the scheme. The districtwise split  is : Kannur – 20 co-op societies, 75 acres; Idukki (least) – 15 societies, 10 acres; Thiruvananthapuram – 40 acres; Kollam – 40; Pathanamthitta 35;  Alappuzha - 20  Kottayam - 25  Ernakulam 25  Thrissur 60  Palakkad - 20  Kozhikode 40  Wayanad - 20  Kasaragod 50. Although Malappuram is slated for 40 acres under the scheme, farming is planned to sprawl 60 acres, with 20 co-op societies commencing paddy cultivation.

Deputy Registrars have been appointed at district level and Unit Inspectors at Taluk level as nodal officers for the scheme. From 1 Feb onwards, each  participating society mus provide updates  on what cultivation is being carried out and on how much expanse of land. The reports must reach the Co-op Societies Registrar’s office by March and specify how much land has been brought under the Mathreika Krishithottam project.