Friday, December 8, 2017

Meppayur panchayat to reclaim 500 acres barren land

Express News Service| 3 December, 2017


KOZHIKODE: The residents of Meppayur panchayat have set a model for restoring their agricultural land by coming together with a mission to convert a 500-acre paddy field lying abandoned for over three decades into a fertile one. As part of the initiative, over 4,500 people from all walks of life, including school students, government employees, housewives, farmers and political leaders, are working towards restoring the Kandamchira, one of the largest paddy fields in the district.  
Meppayur panchayat president P K Reena said the project, being executed with the support of the Agriculture Department, is part of the effort to convert all barren agricultural land spread across the local body limit into a fertile one. 
“The Kandamchira,
which is spread over 500-acres, is one of the largest paddy fields in the district. But the land was in an abandoned state for over three decades. And the reclamation project was planned with public support to make it cultivable.” “For the same, services of various organisations like Kudumbashree, youth organisations, political parties, schools students, MGNREGS employees and cultural forums will be made use of,” she said.
As a preliminary step, the focus is to make the land cultivable. Around 120 acres of land has been cleaned and made suitable for cultivation so far. The cleaning process is expected to be completed by the end of December, she said.Later, we will identify various groups interested to cultivate paddy and the field will be handed over to them for a particular year on rent, said the president.
“We will check the possibility of allotting the land to Kudumbashree mission or MGNREGS employees for cultivation,” she said.


http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2017/dec/03/meppayur-panchayat-to-reclaim-500-acres-barren-land-1717164.html