“Kollavarsham (Malayalam calendar) 1192 will be observed as Year of Paddy,” Minister for Agriculture V.S. Sunil Kumar has said.
Addressing a Farmers Day function here on Wednesday, he said an additional amount of Rs. 60 crore would be allotted for paddy development this year.
“Steps will be taken to increase the area of paddy cultivation to three lakh hectares. A seed bank will be formed to protect indigenous seeds. The government will also promote cultivation of millets and pulses,” Mr. Sunil Kumar said.
The Minister said the support price for paddy would be ensured for farmers in the State.
Action would be taken for timely remuneration for rice procured from farmers. Steps would be taken to make land lying follow arable again with the support of Agriculture and Cooperative departments.
“Interest-free loans will be allotted to vegetable farmers. Around 3,500 farm-fresh vegetable outlets will be opened for Onam season. The Kerala Agriculture University has been asked to develop poly houses according to the demand of farmers,” he said.
Source : The Hindu