Start mini farm, readers of Manorama weekly to get free saplings

Start mini farm, readers of Manorama weekly to get free saplings
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Thiruvananthapuram: Shouldn’t those who are ready to do agriculture on their 2-3 cents of land start a mini farm? Manorama weekly magazine and Vegetable and Fruits Promotion Council (VFPCK) would jointly implement the dream project of Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar. As many as 14,000 mini agricultural farms would be set up in Kerala this financial year.

Ten saplings of banana, one sapling each of jackfruit, mango and curry leaf plant would be given to each mini farm. Twenty-five plants of five varieties of vegetables too would be given for free at 28 seminars to be held across the state. Fertilisers for bananas and pesticides too would be given.

Experts at the seminars would also explain on running the farms profitably. The minister said that those starting the farm would be included in the crop insurance scheme.

Those who want to raise poultry or other animals such as goats/cows, or do fish farming, can make the arrangements on their own at the farm. It is a great opportunity for Manorama weekly readers to expand the mini farms and find means for self-employment.

The registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and each district will be allotted only 1,000 mini-farms.

For more details, contact Manorama offices at Thiruvananthapuram (0471-2328198), Kollam (0474-2740937), Pathanamthitta (0468-2222533), Alappuzha (0477-2240400), Kottayam (0481-2587411), Kochi (0484-4447414), Thrissur (9447857796), Palakkad (0491-2538807), Malappuram (0483-2900757), Kozhikode (0495-2766305) and Kannur (0497-2704239).

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