The Kerala State Horticulture Mission’s ambitious project to grow plantains (vaazha) and elephant yams (chena) from organic waste across the state will be kicked off in the district on Friday. Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan will inaugurate the function at town hall here at 4 pm.
Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K V Thomas, Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali and Works Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju will also be present.
The project will be implemented in 50,000 households under 74 wards of the Kochi Corporation, Agriculture Secretary K R Jyothilal and Mission Director K Prathapan said.
Effective micro-organism solution Layani will be provided to the households.
The solution, which can help in conversion of waste into useful manure, will be then used to grow plantains and elephant yams. The aim of the mission is to change the attitude of the public towards waste treatment. Organic waste can be utilised to help the growth of useful plants, official said.