Farming, animal husbandry, fisheries come together under project

The organic farming policy of the State envisages sustainable and safe-to-eat farming systems, Minister for Agriculture V.S. Sunil Kumar has said.

The Minister was inaugurating an outlet of the Startup Village project, a joint venture of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, the Pullazhi Kole Sahakarana Sangham and the Thrissur Urban Development Authority at Olari, near here, on Friday.

“The project will be an ideal example for integrating different systems such as the agriculture, animal husbandry, and fisheries sectors. There are huge prospects for dairy, poultry, goat and duck rearing in kole lands. Appropriate scientific interventions will facilitate sustainable returns from kole lands,” he said.

At a time when government is planning to develop the Thrissur-Ponnani kole lands as a special agricultural zones, considering its unique biodiversity, the veterinary university needs to associate with this venture through appropriate animal components, the Minister said.

The outlet provides safe-to-eat milk, meat, egg, chicken, vegetables, rice and other products from 30 entrepreneurs of the project. Pesticide and antibiotic residues will be periodically tested and certified at the instrumentation laboratory of KVASU at Mannuthy.

The Department of Agriculture had increased the insurance compensation for the crops in order to provide financial security to the farmers.

Universities need to focus on farmer-friendly research and technologies to attract more entrepreneurs and farmers into agriculture, the Minister added. He released the Kissan rice (Massouri rice) of the Pullazhi Kole Sahakarana Sangham.