CHENNAI: With a view to promote cultivation of millets and vegetables, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced benefits worth Rs 127.45 crore in the Assembly on Thursday. He informed that 500 solar-powered pumpsets, apart from an equal number announced in the kuruvai package, would be installed in non-Delta region. The government would spend a combined amount of Rs 50 crore for setting up 1,000 solar-powered pumpsets with a subsidy of 90 per cent.
In order to give a fillip to millets production, he said the government would provide Rs 6.62 crore for works that included seed production and distribution, integrated pest and nutrient management and supplying mini-kits. Similarly, Rs 27.83 crore would be earmarked for efficient water usage scheme for plantain cultivation and Rs 10 crore for producing vegetables through protected cultivation using poly-green house, shade-net house and for mulching.
In order to attract visitors to the Nilgiris, the government would spend Rs 10 crore for creating a bi-centenary garden in a sprawling area of 80 acres and a parking facility to accommodate 500 vehicles would come up at a cost of Rs 3 crore, Palaniswami announced in the House under Rule 110.
He said, “The measures worth Rs 127.45 crore will help the agriculture sector and the life of farmers will flourish.”
The CM also announced several initiatives for improving the textile sector. According to him, an international textile expo to promote the industry would be held in Coimbatore, for which Rs 2 crore would be spent. Job orders would be placed for handloom weavers up to June, 2019, in order to ensure them employment opportunity, he stated.