THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: UDF convener P P Thankachan said that the UDF Government has will take urgent steps to revive the agriculture sector in the state which has been weakened to a near wipe-out in an age of modernisation and industrialisation.
He said this while inaugurating the state meet of the Kerala Ksheera Karshaka Thozhilali Congress here the other day.
“Steps will be taken to include dairy farmers who posseses at least two cows, in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The pension for a dairy farmer will also be raised to Rs 500,” he said. While the general cost of milk production has become exorbitantly high, he said that he would recommend to the government that the request to give Rs 5 per litre of milk to the dairy farmers be favourably considered.
Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan, who attended the meeting said that subsidy would be given to cattle feed and the financial grant of Rs 1 lakh for building a barn, was under serious consideration of the government.
He also promised to include in the budget several schemes to help the dairy farm sector to tide over the present crisis.
State president R V Rajesh presided over the meeting.