Kerala: Kattakkada’s marigold cultivation attracts vacationers forward of Onam celebrations

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ANI | | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri, Thiruvananthapuram

Vacationers from Thiruvananthapuram metropolis and different elements of the state are thronging to the twelfth ward of Pallichal gram Panchayat in Kattakkada right here to have a glimpse of the blooming marigold flowers in yellow and orange colors. Pallichal panchayat has 26 acres of marigold cultivation in 13 locations. Beneath the undertaking of “ente Nadu ente onam” 50 acres of land has been used for flower cultivation this 12 months within the Kattakkada constituency.

Under the project of "ente Nadu ente onam" 50 acres of land has been used for flower cultivation this year in the Kattakkada constituency.(Unsplash)
Beneath the undertaking of “ente Nadu ente onam” 50 acres of land has been used for flower cultivation this 12 months within the Kattakkada constituency.(Unsplash)

Normally, Kerala folks rely upon Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states for flowers for making floral carpets “(Athappookkalam) which is an integral a part of the Onam celebration. On the primary day of ten days lengthy Onam celebration, often called Atham Day, folks make floral carpets in homes, flats, workplaces and in public locations. Tons of flowers are moved to totally different elements of the state from neighbouring states. This 12 months no less than just a few persons are making floral carpets with regionally cultivated flowers. Flower cultivation is just not fashionable in Kerala. However in the previous couple of years, persons are experiencing flower cultivation in numerous locations.

Kattakkada constituency MLA I.B. Satheesh stated that “We use the methodology “convergence” in every undertaking of Kattakkada constituency. For this undertaking MGNREGA employees have ready the land, Panchayat has given permission and supervised it, Kudumbasree employees are engaged in flower cultivation and the agriculture division had supplied all assist. Aside from its magnificence, this undertaking shares an enormous message.”

Mallika, Pallichal grama panchayat president stated, “Cultivation has been performed within the wasteland. Panchayat has recognized the unused wastelands and began flower cultivation. That is the success of togetherness. Panchayat may give one month of employment to 250 employees by this undertaking.”

MLA IB Satheesh additional stated, “Truly we began this final 12 months. Final 12 months it was on 10 acres of land. This time it’s being performed on 26 acres in Pallichal panchayat alone in 13 locations. Whole of fifty acres of land is being utilised in six panchayats of the Kattakkada meeting constituency. In our constituency, we’ve got a undertaking “Jalasamruthi” to take care of water scarcity. We’re shifting in the direction of “carbon impartial Kattakkada”. We have now many different initiatives just like the set up of photo voltaic panels, and Rambootan fruit farming and we received this concept of flower farming. It is a message we’re conveying.”

After this flower season, we’ll begin vegetable cultivation right here. Farmers of Vilappil Panchayat planning to start out sunflower cultivation, he added. Bindu, a employee stated, “This place was not fertile. We MGNREGA employees and Kudumbasree employees have made it appropriate for cultivation. For thus a few years it was not used and remained like a forest. Now the owner can also be completely happy that their land has been utilised. We received employment and now we’re going to begin vegetable farming additionally.” Annie Jose, a customer stated that this place was actually stunning and value visiting with the household.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.

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