Kollam: The state government has sanctioned Rs 3.06 crore to Kollam district for vegetable production under the vegetable development project. With this, the district administration eyes on becoming self-sufficient in vegetable production by Onam.
Special clusters have been formed to implement systematic and timely cultivation of crops in the district. As part of ‘oru muram pachakkari’ project, 4.5 lakh seed packets worth Rs 10 each will be distributed in the district spending Rs 45 lakh. The agriculture department will distribute 10 lakh vegetable saplings in the district for free.
The clusters formed will promote industrial commercial cultivation of vegetables. Each cluster formed under Krishi Bhavan will have five hectares each. As many as 80 clusters in the district will get a financial aid of Rs 75,000 each. For additional two hectares, Rs 15,000 will be given as financial aid per hectare. Schools and other institutions that promote agriculture in not less than 10 cents will be given an aid of Rs 5,000.
This cultivation aims at cracking the Onam market by producing sufficient vegetables and avoiding the need to purchase it from outside the district.