Haritha Keralam launches competition to promote farming during lockdown
The state government's Haritha Keralam Mission has come up with competitions to find out best farmers as part of promoting vegetable farming in households during the lockdown.
The farmers, cluster group members, Kudumbashree members and other interested persons who are members of the WhatsApp group administered by agriculture officers can take part in the competition conducted in association with the agriculture department.
The progress of farming will be monitored and instructions will be given via WhatsApp. Farming experts and agriculture officers will clear doubts of farmers. The best farmers will be presented with gifts in local body level.
Productivity, eco-friendly farming methods, crop diversity, efficient usage of available space and involvement of family members are the general criteria of the competition, said Principal Agriculture Officer Babu T George and Haritha Keralam District Coordinator Dr G S Madhu.
About 2.5 lakh packets of seeds are already brought to Krishi Bhavans from the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK) and the farms of agriculture department for supplying to the contestants. Distribution of the packet is progressing.
There are four stages of the competition - sowing seeds or saplings, growth of plant, blooming and harvesting. Photos or video of these stages should be posted in the WhatsApp groups along with descriptions.
The seeds or saplings collected by oneself or bought from Krishi Bhavan or other agencies can be used for farming. At least three varieties of vegetables should be cultivated. The highest number of each variety of plant will be considered for extra points.