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Native self-government our bodies in Thiruvananthapuram are selling flower cultivation for Onam

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Flowers are being grown at a number of panchayats in Thiruvananthapuram eyeing the Onam market

Flowers are being grown at a number of panchayats in Thiruvananthapuram eyeing the Onam market

Dew-drenched marigolds, chrysanthemums, jasmine and oleanders in full bloom sway within the breeze at Plamoottukkada close to Parassala, some 30 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram. Right here, on an 80-cent plot, Parassala block panchayat is selling Poovili 2022, a mission to encourage floriculture.

Additionally in Thiruvananthapuram, marigolds are additionally grown on almost 8.51 acres at six grama panchayats unfold throughout the block panchayats of Nemom and Vellanad.

Oleander (arali) cultivation at Plamoottukkada in Parassala block panchayat

Oleander ( arali) cultivation at Plamoottukkada in Parassala block panchayat
| Picture Credit score: SREEJITH R KUMAR

The native self-government our bodies in Thiruvananthapuram have gone all out to advertise floriculture to money in on the Onam marketplace for flowers to make floral carpets, an integral a part of the celebrations. The plan is to cut back the dependence on flower markets in Kanyakumari district and Bengaluru throughout Onam. A number of block and grama panchayats are rising flowers on their very own plots, albeit on a small scale.

“It was an formidable mission. However the consequence exceeded our expectations and we had a bumper harvest, particularly of marigold, in Might this 12 months. Now the second batch of marigold is preparing for harvest,” says S Ok Ben Darvin, president of Parassala block panchayat. “We had folks coming in from different elements of the district to see the flowers,” provides Alvedisa A, vice-president of the panchayat.

Parassala block panchayat began the mission in March this 12 months, beneath the five-year plan. Marigold in three shades of deep yellow and orange, oleander in purple, pink and child pink, and completely different styles of jasmine comparable to kuttimulla and pichi have been planted.

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Formidable mission

“We now have adopted mulching methodology (to forestall weeds and defend the roots and soil) with drip irrigation. Initially, 20-day-old saplings of marigold have been planted and inside two months we obtained the harvest. We get 40-50 flowers from a plant,” says S Vijayakumar, former agricultural officer and facilitator of Agro Service Centre, who supplied help and steerage for the mission.

S K Ben Darvin, president, Parassala block panchayat, Alvedisa A, vice-president of the panchayat and S Vijayakumar, facilitator, Agro Service Centre

S Ok Ben Darvin, president, Parassala block panchayat, Alvedisa A, vice-president of the panchayat and S Vijayakumar, facilitator, Agro Service Centre
| Picture Credit score: SREEJITH R KUMAR

Round 450 kilograms of marigold have been harvested until July, along with 200 kilograms chrysanthemum, 10 kilograms jasmine and 15 kilograms oleander. They’d gross sales value ₹ 40,000 to this point. The goal is to reap round 200 kilograms of flowers for Onam.

Oleander (arali)

Oleander ( arali)
| Picture Credit score: SREEJITH R KUMAR

The charges of the flowers are identical as that in Thovala in Kanyakumari, Ben provides. Marigold, normally priced ₹50-60 per kilogram, prices ₹250 and above throughout Onam. The buds of oleander normally fetch ₹1,000 per kilogram, whereas the flowers are bought at ₹150 per kilogram. Charges of each kuttimulla and pichi, usually priced ₹150 per kilogram, can go as much as ₹1,000-1,500 in the course of the pageant, which coincides with the marriage season in Kerala.

S K Ben Darvin, Parassala block panchayat president, at the marigold farm at Lutheran UP School, Ponvila

S Ok Ben Darvin, Parassala block panchayat president, on the marigold farm at Lutheran UP College, Ponvila
| Picture Credit score: SREEJITH R KUMAR

The primary batch of jasmine and oleander proceed to provide yield. “It’s essential to prune these crops repeatedly to make sure a greater yield,” Vijayakumar says. The panchayat has additionally cultivated marigold on 30 cents on the premises of Lutheran UP College, Ponvila, which is prepared for harvest.

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Floriculture in 5 grama panchayats of Vilappil, Vilavoorkkal, Malayinkeezhu, Maranalloor and Pallichal beneath Nemom block panchayat, and Kattakkada beneath Vellarada block panchayat was an initiative of Kattakkada MLA I B Sathish. It’s achieved with the assistance of block panchayat administration and Kerala Land Use Board.

Marigold farm in Kattakkada

Marigold farm in Kattakkada
| Picture Credit score: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

It’s applied beneath the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)-Watershed Element in convergence with Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Scheme (MGNREGS). “It was a novel enterprise however now we have been in a position to implement it nicely,” says Ajikumar Ok, block growth officer, Nemom.

The 33 beneficiaries within the scheme embrace particular person farmers and farming teams. “Our marigold farm is on 20 cents. It was a problem after we began however now we’re trying ahead to the harvest. Since now we have to water the crops twice day by day, we try this in separate batches,” says Sheeja Kumari V, member of a 20-member group from Maranalloor.

Inauguration of marigold harvesting at Pallichal. The farm is managed by Farm in Trivandrum group 

Inauguration of marigold harvesting at Pallichal. The farm is managed by Farm in Trivandrum group 
| Picture Credit score: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Farm in Trivandrum (FiT), a joint farming enterprise, grows marigold on 50 cents at Kannamkode ward of Pallichal. “We now have been cultivating a number of crops, particularly fruit-bearing timber, tubers and the like. Marigold was launched as an inter-crop. Girls employed beneath MGNREGS ready the land and we didn’t need to spend on saplings because it was supplied by the Krishi Bhavan. The harvesting will begin previous to Atham (August 30),” says Vinod Venugopal, who conceptualised FiT.

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The panchayats plan to proceed floriculture even after Onam. “This will likely be a further supply of earnings and our dream is to make this a flower village,” provides Ben.

By- The Hindu

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