THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Agriculture Department is taking up paddy development programmes with an outlay of Rs.110 crore this year, Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said on Monday.
Addressing a conference of agricultural officers here, the Minister said an additional 14,000 hectares of fallow land and 12,000 hectares of dry land were proposed to be brought under paddy cultivation this year. Paddy development was proposed to be carried out under the food security scheme, sustained paddy development programme, the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and other programmes. Besides the Department, the Kerala Agriculture University and local bodies will be involved in the programmes.
Mr. Ratnakaran announced that monitoring cells would start functioning at the district and panchayat levels for effective implementation of the proposed programmes