Kothagudem: Farmers in Bhadradri Kothagudem have been enthusiastically coming forward to take up horticulture crops, especially fruits and vegetable crops and reaping good yields as well.
Kothagudem is one of the districts listed under State Horticulture Mission (Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture) launched under National Horticulture Mission to provide holistic growth of the horticulture sector.
The Mission aims at providing area based regionally recognised strategies in terms of research, technology promotion, extension activities, post harvest management, processing and marketing, informed District Horticulture Officer Jinugu Mariyanna.
According to the official there as 25000 farmers engaged in cultivating horticulture crops and 15000 of them are involved in vegetable cultivation, which ensures good income even though the area of cultivation is small.
Horticulture crops are being cultivated in 89,000 acres of land in the district, Mariyanna told Telangana Today. Because of the active support offered by the State government and the department officials, more farmers are willing to take up horticulture crops, mainly vegetables.
For instance, ridge gourd is being cultivated in 939 acres land. Pandal cultivation is being promoted in cultivating bitter gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd, bottle gourd and others. It is ensured that farmers adopt organic way of farming.
The farmers are being provided assistance from supply of high yield variety seeds , explaining crop management techniques as well as marketing. The advantage of cultivating gourds is that it requires less number of workers. One can harvest one quintal of yield in a day.
Most importantly the farmers growing vegetables are being advised to form farmers samakyas and create crop colonies and also adopt modern methods like mulching, Mariyanna stated.
A farmer Maloth Mohan of Chandrugonda who is cultivating ridge gourd said they are earning good income as crops are of short duration and giving good yield. The crop gives yield in just three weeks, he added.