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A sum of Rs.3.5 lakh allotted to raise
Two vermin-compost yards given
a subsidy of Rs.30,000
Nagercoil: The Government had been implementing National Horticulture Mission Scheme, Micro Irrigation Scheme and Integrated Horticulture Scheme for the benefit of farmers in different parts of the district following a very good response among them to horticulture crops than paddy. They could dispose of their produce, other than paddy, for better price in the open market, said the Deputy Director for Horticulture, T.C. Kannan.
He said that under National Horticulture Mission Programme, a sum of Rs.2.05 crore had been allotted in the current year (2010-11) to cover banana plantation on over 1215 hectares in nine blocks including Agastheeswaram, Thovalai, Killiyoor, Rajakkamangalam, Kurunthencode, Thiruvattar, Munchirai, Thovalai and Melpuram. A sum of Rs.7.42 lakh had been allotted to raise mango grafts, Rs.30 lakh to extend the acreage of (target 150 hectares) black pepper plants particularly in Thovalai, Thuckalay, Thiruvattar and Melpuram areas, a sum of Rs.22.2 lakh had been allotted to cover high density mango plants, i.e., 400 plant per hectare and a sum of Rs.36 lakh to cover high density banana plantation on over 150 hectares.
Under Integrated Horticulture Scheme, 50 per cent subsidy would be given to farmers who wanted to raise fruit plants and vegetable seeds.
A sum of Rs.2.5 lakh has been allotted under this scheme to cover 210 hectares. A sum of Rs.3.5 lakh was allotted to raise medicinal plants such as Thippili and Thulasi in all the nine blocks. There were two vermin-compost yards in the district, i.e., one at Melpuram and another one at Agastheeswaram. Each unit had been given the subsidy amount of Rs.30,000.
The department had supported coverage of fruit plants such as mango, gooseberry, sapotta and guava, vegetable seeds and spices such as nutmeg, pepper and clove. The district has ten nurseries of which six were private. Two coconut nurseries were available in the district one each at Puthalam and Kanyakumari.
There were also two horticulture farms maintained by the Government at Pechipparai and Kanyakumari.
The farmers have shifted from paddy to horticulture crops particularly rubber and banana plantation. The district was known for cultivation of horticulture crops like banana, coconut, mango, vegetables, medicinal plants etc, said the Deputy Director.
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