Local self government bodies, organizations to implement ‘Subhiksha Keralam’ scheme
Varkala: Local self government bodies and organizations in different parts of the state have started farming as part of ‘Subhiksha Keralam’ scheme. The scheme was implemented in Varkala by planting tapioca on 50 cents of land near Varkala ‘Krishi Bhavan’. The scheme was inaugurated by MLA V Joy.
The scheme has been implemented in Chemmaruthy panchayat as well. V Joy MLA inaugurated farming in two acres of vacant land.
The idea behind this is to promote farming in all of the vacant lands in the panchayat. Paddy will be cultivated in 14 hectares of kole wetlands (paadashekharam). There will be mixed crop cultivation in 20 hectares of vacant land while tapioca will be cultivated in another 10 hectares of vacant land.
Crops were also sown by Kerala School Teachers Association Varkala sub-district committee. The sowing was carried out in the compound of S Anijo, who is the vice chairman of the corporation and a teacher. The teachers used the vacant land near the house and also took a strip of land on lease to start farming. Paddy, vegetables, tapioca and banana will be cultivated among other crops.
The teachers, with 300 members, are planning to do farming on 100 acres of land in Varkala sub district. Online agriculture classes have also been arranged for the teachers.