To increase agriculture production in the state, the government of Kerala is planning to encourage high-tech farming in the state, Chief Minister Oomen Chandy said.
While speaking at the state level agriculture development committee meeting, Chandy said that when states like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have excelled in high-tech farming, Kerala is far behind in this kind of advanced practice.
He pointed out that though for such practice the Centre provides subsidy and loan facilities, which required only very little investment and land, people hardly come forward.
He added that as now more youths take up farming work, his government has decided to encourage this type of farming practice. Emphasizing on the importance of organic farming, he said that the state will come out with a policy in this regard.
Both paddy and coconut still faces crisis, but with the introduction of "Neera drink", the crisis in the coconut farming sector has been reduced to a certain extent, he informed.
He said, “On the crisis in paddy sector state government has procured paddy at Rs 19 per kg for which the central subsidy is Rs 13.50 and state shares Rs 5.50. The state's total liability on this would come to around Rs 200 crore.”
In regard to vegetable sector, he said it was a matter of shame that Kerala has not yet attained self sufficiency in vegetable farming. On the crisis in rubber sector, he said rubber price in the international market is Rs 12 less than that in Kerala and issues connected with rubber would be brought up at the Centre.