Revitalisation of Agriculture Sector in Wayanad

H/A: 2401-00-800-27 Rs. 1335.00 lakh

The agrarian economy of Wayanad district has been under distress in recent years. Wide fluctuation in prices has brought in high degree of instability in farm incomes. The State and Central Government have come out with intervention packages for the revival of the livelihood of the affected population. In addition,natural calamity during south west monsoon period of 2018 and 2019 has caused huge crop loss and destruction of land. In order to revive the agrarian economy of the district, it is proposed to implement a cafeteria of focused intervention, with appropriate backward and forward integration.

Pepper cultivation in the district is already in the declining phase due to the incidence of pests and diseases, loss of erythrina standards due to insect attack as well as declining productivity.

Integrated Pepper Development Programme will be promoted for which an amount of Rs. 1000.00 lakh is set apart. Assistance for planting new standards, area expansion of pepper, whole farm development, integrated management of quick wilt, pepper rehabilitation programme, establishment ofnurseries, area wide integrated pest management, grafting, production of planting materials from orthotropic shoots, setting up of nurseries, micronutrient application,dolomite application to correct acidity, root development activities and other need based support are the activities supported under this component.

A comprehensive planting material production strategy will be evolved with the support of nurseries supported in previous years.

Tree spices especially nutmeg, has been severely damaged in the consecutive floods and landslides of 2018 and 2019. To revive the crop in the district an amount of Rs.50.00 lakh is set apart under the component area expansion of nutmeg. Cultivation of other spice crops like ginger and turmeric will also be rejuvenated. This include Rs. 20.00 lakh set apart for rejuvenation of other spice crops like ginger and turmeric.

The project implementation will carried out in integration with the LEADS.Wayanad is the worst affected district in the floods and landslides of 2018 and 2019.Heavy damage has been caused to the farmer fields due to landslides. An amount of Rs.285. 00lakh is set apart for restoration and flood mitigation programmes in Wayanad district through the Department of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation.The component wise break up is shown above: