Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pension for coconut farmers

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government will introduce a pension scheme for coconut cultivators on November 1, Minister for Agriculture Mullakkara Ratnakaran said in the Assembly on Thursday.

Replying to a debate on the demand for grants for agriculture, the Minister said farmers with holding of less than a hectare with minimum of 20 coconut trees would be eligible.

He said the government proposed to take up a number of schemes to increase paddy production and bring more areas under paddy cultivation. All paddy crops would be insured by the government and Rs.5 crore had been set apart for that.

He urged the Centre to increase procurement price of paddy from Rs.10 to Rs.15 a kg. The State was already procuring paddy at Rs.12 a kg. This would be increased.

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