Thursday, August 18, 2016

Government to set up international seed bank: Agriculture minister

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Thrissur: Agriculture minister V S Sunilkumar said that the LDF government would set up an international level seed bank in the state to conserve the fast extincting varieties of paddy seeds.

Inaugurating the farmers' day observance programme organized by the corporation and agriculture department, the minister said that the government would observe this year as the 'paddy year' with an aim to promote paddy cultivation across the state."Arrangements to disburse the paddy procurement prices to paddy farmers without any delay will be done in the future with the help of cooperative banks," said the minister adding that interest free loans would be provided for vegetable cultivation.

"As many as 3,500 Horticorp outlets will be started across the state to promote the produces of local farmers. Irrigation mapping to identify the existing ponds, canals, water streams etc, has been carried out by the irrigation department to conserve the wet lands and water resources," said Sunilkumar.

The minister also said that the best farmer from scheduled tribes section would also be given a special agriculture award starting next year.

Source : Times of India 

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