Kanjirappally: With an aim to popularise cocoa cultivation in Kanjirappally region, a detailed project plan has been prepared jointly by the Department of Agriculture and local bodies.
The project, which is also supported by Greenshore, Manimala Cocoa Producers Cooperative Society and other agriculture organisations, will be implemented in Kanjirappally, Manimala, Vellavoor, Chirakkadavu and Vazhoor panchayats.
The mission was designed under the initiative of Dr. N. Jayaraj MLA with an aim to plant one cocoa sapling in every household in Kanjirappally constituency.
As part of the programme, 50 small scale farmers will be distributed 10 cocoa saplings each by Manimala Cocoa Producers Cooperative Society. The farmers said that cultivating cocoa in every household will reduce the pestering of squirrels.
Saplings of the high-yielding cocoa variety CT 40 will be distributed. One kg of cocoa beans can be collected from three cocoa fruits. The price rate of cocoa is Rs 150 per kilogram. The programme also plans to export the cocoa pods that remains after harvesting for making eco-friendly ice cream cups. The farmers intend to start the cultivation in 330 acres of land.
Dr. N. Jayaraj MLA will inaugurate the programme at the farm of Njallamattam Mannamplackal Thomas Abraham on Friday. Kanjirappally panchayat president Shakkeela Naseer will preside over the programme.