Production and Distribution ofQuality Planting Materials

H/A: 2401-00-104-91 Rs. 1870.00 lakh H/A: 4401-00-104-98 Rs. 51.00 lakh

            Planting material is a basic and critical input for agricultural production. In the aftermath of the heavy floods and other natural calamities that hit the state recently, the demand for seeds and seedlings has increased. Inadequate availability of quality seeds,planting materials and germ plasm are major constraints limiting productivity. The supply of adequate quality seeds is absolutely essential for increasing productivity ofcrops and total agricultural production.

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 wellas sophisticated infrastructural facilities like green houses, irrigation support, tissue culture and hardening facilities, seed processing and storage facilities. Heavy floods and landslips have resulted in damage to farm lands, infrastructure and machinery of farms. Restoration of these farms is highly essential to meet the requirements of planting materials. 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 Rs. 1921.00 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 Rs. 1480.00 lakh is set apart for production of planting materials,out of which Rs. 650.00 lakh is for routine planting material production including rooted pepper cutting. An amount of Rs. 200.00 lakh is set apart for seed production programme in department farms and Rs. 80.00 lakh for purchase of newly evolved nucleus planting materials and maintenance of existing and establishment of new progeny orchards.

An amount of Rs. 450.00 lakh is set apart for Kerasamrudhi project for the production and distribution of quality coconut seedlings. The outlay will also b eutilized for the production of hybrid and dwarf seedlings. There will be convergence with the production of coconut seedlings under the Coconut Mission. The scheme will be implemented with the support of FPOs and experienced PACS, KAU, CPCRI andCDB.

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An amount of Rs. 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 of activities before release of funds. This will form the activity of Vegetable Mission 2020.

The departmental farms will develop a business plan for production of planting materials and develop barcoding of planting materials for traceability. Branding offarm products will also be undertaken. This will be followed by VFPCK also.

Model demonstration farms will be developed in departmental farms to functionas farm schools for farmers and general public. Establishment of demonstration units for HTF and Integrated farming system models are envisaged. Technical integration through Integrated Farming System Research Station, Kerala Agricultural University,Karamana for which an amount of Rs. 25.00 lakh is set apart as operational cost. An amount of Rs. 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 Rs. 1.00 lakh is earmarked for restoration of Seed Garden Complex, Munderi and other department farms washed out by heavy floods and landslips. Additional amount of Rs. 50.00 lakh is included for mechanization and the infrastructure development of departmental farms including repair of damages and additional facilities for improvement of farms.

The projects, Restoration of Seed Garden complex, Munderi and other KrishiBhavans and Integrated farm Management for holistic Development of DAF Neriyamanagalam has been sanctioned vide G.O(MS) No 34/2019/ PLGEA dated12.12.2019 under Rebuild Kerala Initiative. These components will be implemented using the funds under RKI.

The activities proposed for components Restoration of SGC Munderi and other department farms and Mechanisation and Infrastructure development will be met from the funds allocated under RKI.

Separate outlay is earmarked for taking infrastructure projects of the farms under RIDF.

An amount of Rs. 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.

An amount of Rs. 300.00 lakh is earmarked for propagation and management of coffee including drip irrigation in nurseries. The component wise breakup of the scheme is shown above.