Production and Distribution of Quality Planting Materials
H/A: 2401-00-104-91 Rs. 1095.00 lakh H/A: 4401-00-104-98 Rs. 200.00 lakh
Planting material is a basic and critical input for agricultural production. Inadequate availability of quality seeds, planting materials and germ plasm are major constraints limiting productivity. In order to meet the demand of quality planting materials it is necessary to upscale the production of planting materials from the departmental farms ensuring quality of the seeds/planting materials.
The Departmental Farms are to be modernised to function not only as production centres of quality planting materials but also as centres of demonstration of advanced agricultural technology for Hi-Tech farming. The farms have to be with basic as well as sophisticated infrastructural facilities like green houses, irrigation support, tissue culture and hardening facilities, seed processing and storage facilities. In the case of District farms and Seed farms, the departmental programmes will be restricted to filling the gaps. But in the case of thirteen specialised farms, the Department will cater to all the requirements and make them commercially viable. Cheengeri extension scheme of Wayanad also included for implementing activities.
The outlay of 1295.00 lakh will be utilized for the purchase of newly evolved nucleus planting materials, maintenance of existing and establishment of new progeny orchards, production of planting materials and infrastructure works.
An amount of 1030.00 lakh is set apart for production of planting materials, out of which 650.00 lakh is for routine planting material production including rooted pepper cutting. Out of this 100.00 lakh each will be utilized for planting material production in Idukki & Wayanad District. An amount of 200.00 lakh is set apart for seed production programme in department farms and 80.00 lakh for purchase of newly evolved nucleus planting materials and maintenance of existing and establishment of new progeny orchards. Department farm will develop a business plan and also barcoding of planting material for traceability. Branding of farm products will also be undertaken. This will be followed by VFPCK also. Seed production of indigenous varieties of different crops will be undertaken in the farms. The Kerasamrudhi activities will be integrated with the Coconut Mission activities.
An amount of 100.00 lakh is set apart for the production of fruits and vegetables grafts and seedlings through VFPCK. The Director of Agriculture will sign an MOU with VFPCK with respect to the quantity and quality of planting material to be produced by VFPCK specifying the timeline of implementation ofactivities before release of funds. There will be State Level Co-ordinating Committee at the level of Krishi Director & District Level Co-ordinating Committee at the level of Principal Agriculture Officer for Co-ordinating the activities & monitoring the scheme.
Model demonstration farms will be developed in departmental farms to function as farm schools for farmers and general public. Establishment of demonstration units for HTF and Integrated farming system models are envisaged.
An amount of 50.00 lakh is set apart for the establishment of demonstration units/models including integrated farming system models. The models developed will be documented. An amount of 200.00 lakh is set apart for mechanization and infrastructure development in farms. Separate outlay is earmarked for taking infrastructure projects of the farms under RIDF.
An amount of 15.00 lakh is earmarked towards temporary man power support to Biotechnology and Model Floriculture Centre and tissue culture laboratories established at other two farms, for the production of quality tissue culture plants.