Thane, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

In order to encourage Coconut cultivation in Thane district and surrounding areas of Maharashtra, the Coconut Development Board (CDB) has decided to hike the incentives to farmers from existing Rs 8000 to Rs 30000 per hectare.

The CDB at Palghar in Thane , also plans to distribute seeds and plants of Coconut from its Nursery at Palghar in Tahne district, Deputy Director of CDB for the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat Rajeev Bushan Prasad told UNI. He said that there was lot of potential for the cultivation of coconut in Thane district and the farmers from the district should make the best use of the opportunities being given by the Board under the Ministry of Agriculture. Mr Prasad said that the Board mainly undertook the programmes under Area Expansion Programme, and Laying out of Demonstration Plots in the region.Beside this, the board also stressed on the flagship programme of creating thousands of Friends of Coconut trees where the educated unemployed are trained in various facets of Coconut and their care. These friends known as Coconut Mitra will take care of the plantations from cultivation to Harvesting and the care of the plants he said. As of now,the farmers are required to procure the coconut seeds from various other sources including the Agricultural universities and nurseries.

The CDB has developed a nursery in Palghar where the seeds were being treated and will be given to the farmers from June one next, the Deputy Director of CDB said.This measure will solve many farmers problems related to procurement.

According to Mr Prasad, ast year as against the 75 hectare target given for Maharshtra only 40 hectare could be brought under cultivation while in Gujarat the target exceeded to 93 hectare as against target of 50 hecatre.

In case of Maharasthtra, CDB directly monitored the activities where as in Gujarat, the NGOs managed the show. In reply to one question he said that in Maharshtra the Board received lesser number of applications and hence the performance was below the target. He said in the year 2014-15 the target for Mahrashtra had been fixed at 50 hectare while in Gujarat the target was revised to 90 hectare. In additiona to this, the Board had undertaken the Community Based Programme which helped both the Board and the beneficiaries as they had to deal with the group and not not an individual, Mr Prasad said.A sum of Rs 107 crore had been provided for various programmes for the period 2014-15 of which Rs 29.60 crores was for the normal shemes, he added.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)