Alappuzha: The procedures ahead of dividing Kerala into special agro-ecological zones has commenced. The representatives of United Nations (UN) and the World Bank conducted inspection as part of the move.
The land will be divided as hilly regions or high land, plains or mid land, coastal region or low land. The state government has directed to divide Kerala into five or six zones on the basis of agriculture. The UN will provide technical support and the World Bank will provide special loans for the purpose.
The representatives of the UN and the World Bank conducted the inspection based on the reports submitted by the state government. The inspection was carried out under the leadership of Dr. Anton Glozer, the official from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN.
Paddy, coconut and rubber cultivation will be divided into separate zones in order to ensure better production and economic security to the farmers. Presently, the lands where same crop is cultivated are divided on revenue basis.
The Kuttanad region where paddy is cultivated is spread over three revenue districts. The government assume that if the land is brought under a single zone, it will help boost production and increase income of farmers.
An agro-ecological zone refers to the division of land into segments based on the soil structure and climate for cultivating appropriate crops in the land. With this, maximum production can be ensured in a limited space and pest control, fertilising and utilisation of technology will be easier. Similar experiments in other countries turned out to be a huge success which is why it is spread to more places.