Minister says more vegetables to be produced with an eye on Onam
Food processing units will be set up at grama panchayat level with a view to producing value-added products from crops grown within the State, Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar has said.
Speaking at a seminar organised in connection with the first anniversary of the LDF government here on Tuesday, Mr. Sunil Kumar said that this year too the government would make an effort to produce vegetables with an eye on the Onam market.
According to him, 63 lakh families would be provided with seeds and saplings to produce necessary quantity of vegetables during Onam. The active participation of local bodies and educational institutions would be ensured in this endeavour, he said. He said an all-party delegation led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would meet the Prime Minister to appraise him of the crisis in the natural rubber sector which has affected more than a million farmers in the State. Once the backbone of Kerala’s economy, natural rubber was passing through an unprecedented price fall, pushing the growers to rethink about their continuation in the sector.
“The State would like to get an assurance from the Prime Minister on the sustainability of the natural rubber sector,” he said.
C. Ravindranath, Minister for Education, said the State government would make necessary amendments in the education system which would ensure that a student who passed out Class X would have enough knowledge in agriculture too.