Panchayat Plans Infra Devpt on Seed Farm | Kochi News

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Kochi: The only certified organic seed farm in the state of Aluva will soon become a carbon neutral farm. The 102-year-old farm is a warehouse for traditional rice varieties.
The farm is managed jointly by the district panchayat and Agriculture Department.
Panchayat district officials said extensive development activities are being carried out to improve infrastructure and connectivity. The focus will be on turning the farm into a potential tourism site. Tendering processes for various works have begun after an allocation of Rs 9 crore was made.
The works are being carried out with the aim of providing transportation facilities along with infrastructure development. The construction of bridge, jetty, roads and stables is at the anvil. A new boat valued at Rs 20 lakh will be purchased using Cochin Shipyard’s CSR fund.
Panchayat District will construct boat dock at Shatabdi Gate with an allotment of Rs 50,000. Here the border protection wall is built on the side of the Hofkamm and another jetty is built.
An additional amount of Rs 2.31 crore was sanctioned under the Rashtriya Krishivika’s Yojana (RKVY) for the construction of an access road from Kalady-Desom Road to Thoombakadavu.
Agriculture officials said the cultivation is entirely organic. Surplus rice is sold through the manufacture of a variety of value-added products.
Manure from various farm animals is sold here for organic farmers. You can also buy seasonal turmeric powder, ragi, coconut oil, fish and eggs here.
For more than a decade, the farm has not used any chemical fertilizers or pesticides in their crop production, processing and storage. It also functions as an experimental laboratory and is an example of an integrated farming system.
Native cows from Kerala like Kasaragod Dwarf, Malabari Goats, fish, Kuttanadan ducks, honey bees and poultry, and vermicompost are all part of the integrated farming techniques successfully practiced on this farm.
The state government had announced its plan to introduce carbon neutral farming practices in select locations, allocating Rs 6 crore in the last budget.

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