H/A: 2401-00-119-85 Rs. 6220.00 lakh H/A: 2401-00-119-81Rs. 1500.00 lakh
The Vegetable Development Programme will be implemented in the state with the objective of promoting vegetable production in the state in a safe-to-eat manner and to attain self-sufficiency in the sector. The scheme will be carried out in a Mission Mode involving all the stake holders in this sector such as Agriculture Development & Farmers Welfare Department, VFPCK, Horticorp, SHM, PACS, FPOs, Kerala Agricultural University and LSGDs.
In order to ensure efficiency of resources a phased strategy will be developed to shift from cash subsidies to subsidy in kind wherever possible. During 2022-23, an amount of ₹ 7720.00 lakh is earmarked for vegetable development programme. AEU based planning will be implemented in the scheme from 2022-23 onwards.
The component wise breakup of vegetable development programme is given below.
An amount of ₹ 1500.00 lakh is allocated for the promotion of vegetable cultivation through VFPCK. The activities include support to vegetable cultivation including export quality vegetable cultivation through farmer Interest Groups, Farmer Producer Organisations, Clusters under GAP/PGS and infrastructure support to farmer producer organisations. Out of this an amount of ₹ 500.00 lakh is earmarked for supporting the marketing activities through VFPCK including new markets and improving the infrastructure of existing markets under VFPCK. With the objective of promoting agricultural exports, an amount of ₹ 100.00 lakh is earmarked for promotion of export oriented activities including support to export oriented cultivation in Banana, pineapple and mango adopting export oriented production protocols. Crop insurance and natural calamity claims of farmers will be settled by registering through the AIMS portal of the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare. VFPCK in addition to carrying out the general functions will carry out specific roles on project basis for which funds are allocated.
Homestead cultivation will be promoted in all the households in the State for producing Safe to eat vegetables throughout the state. Homestead vegetable cultivation will be supported through supply of vegetable seed kits and seedlings including perennial vegetable seedlings like bread fruit, agathi, muringa and curry leaves. Cultivation of cool season vegetables will also be promoted through homesteads. Roof top cultivation including vertical farming units and hydroponics will be supported with technical advice of Kerala Agricultural University. Beneficiary selection should be transparent based on fixed criteria. An amount of ₹ 1800.00 lakh is set apart for homestead cultivation.
Project based cultivation including innovative technologies in institutions will be promoted for which an amount of ₹ 200.00 lakh is set apart. Government and Private institutions will be supported.
Commercial cultivation will be promoted through cluster based approach concentrating in the 15 AEUs which have the potential for vegetable cultivation. The size of cluster will be in the range of 3 ha to 5 ha. Cultivation will be based on crop calendar and production plan for each block. The clusters will be graded based on the productivity performance. Best performing clusters with two years’ experience, good volume of business, nurseries, markets etc. and with a minimum turnover of ₹ 5.00 lakh will be selected. Assistance for second crop will be provided to grade one clusters. Clusters of women, youth and students will be given priority. Poor performing clusters will be delinked and new clusters will be formed. An amount of ₹ 2500.00 lakh is allocated for cluster based vegetable cultivation in 2022-23. Vegetable cultivation will be extended to fallow lands available under the ownership of department farms and PSUs also by involving farmer clusters and women groups.
An amount of ₹ 1500.00 lakh is earmarked for development of infrastructure for vegetable cultivation towards assistance for irrigation facilities including pump sets, construction of rain shelters as per existing approved rates and establishment of permanent pandal @ 25% subsidy limited to ₹ 2.00 lakh per ha.
The planting materials will be certified by district level VDP implementing Committee to ensure quality of seeds and seedlings. Certification of the nurseries by an approved agency should be assured to ensure quality of seeds and seedlings produced. The vegetable area expansion will be implemented in close coordination with Nava Keralam Mission with clearly defined physical targets at AEU, Panchayat level and other deliverables included in the project.
An amount of ₹ 20.00 lakh is allocated for the conduct of pesticide residue analysis in vegetables provided by the Department of Agriculture through Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani. The projects for which funds have not been provided under the allocation for the University (Research and Extension) only will qualify for this. An amount of ₹ 200.00 lakh is set apart for existing technical and contractual wages.
The Department will ensure that 33 percent of the beneficiaries under this scheme are women.