January 10, 2011 09:49 AM
Kerala To Promote Cultivation Of Cool Vegetables
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, Jan 10 (Bernama) — At a time when vegetable prices are soaring in the country, an agri society in South Indian state Kerala has chalked plans to increase the production of cool vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
Though the cool vegetables and fruit varieties are normally cultivated in areas that have cooler climate, efforts are being made to create an artificial environ for its mass production.
The ‘Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam’ (VFPCK) has evolved plans to create a favourable environ artificially for its cultivation.
Specially developed seeds are nurtured in these artificial facilities.
Steps are also taken to retain the ‘coolness’ till harvest period, VFPCK sources said.
The Council has preferred cauliflower and cabbage, two cool varieties having high demand in domestic and international market, to cultivate here in the initial phase.
A large acreage of land in Kanthallur and Vattavada villages in Idukki district had been brought under cauliflower cultivation as per the plan.
The VFPCK members said they expect a bumper harvest during the harvesting season from December-ends to January as the total acreage of cultivation has been extended to 50 more hectares in the hilly district alone.
“Tropical seeds of various cool vegetables are developed after successive experiments. The result shows that they can be cultivated in areas traditionally believed to be unfavourable for its growth,” VFPCK district manager Bindu Chandran said.
The agency is now planning to extend the cultivation to southern districts like Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha which are comparatively ‘hotter’ places.
To extend the cool vegetable farming in other parts of the state, the agency is now planning to supply hybrid seeds to farmers at an affordable rate.
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