Aiming at crop diversification and alternative income for the farmers, the Horticulture Department has disbursed Rs 33.78 lakh as subsidy to farmers for setting up polyhouses for the cultivation of flowers and vegetables in Tarn Taran district.
Giving details, Deputy Commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal informed that due to the efforts of the horticulture department to encourage polyhouse technique, also known as vertical cultivation amongst the farmers, an estimated 40,000 sq. ft. of area in the district has been brought under it. He said that many farmers have availed the subsidy that is given for setting up of polyhouses.
He said that polyhouse technique is slowly and steadily gaining ground in the district and more and more farmers are showing interest in this modern technique of cultivation.
The DC informed that farmers of the area are now showing an interest in cultivation of flowers and vegetables like capsicum ( red and yellow), cucumbers, tomatoes, brinjals and cauliflower in the polyhouses. He said that by adopting this technique farmers can earn more from smaller tracts of land.
" Even small farmers with an acre or even less land can get better returns than they would have got by sowing traditional crops", he added.
Moreover, the vegetables grown in polyhouses are safer for human consumption as insecticides are not sprayed on these. Besides, unseasonal vegetables, which will get a higher price for the farmers, can also be grown in polyhouses by adjusting the temperatures inside.
Jagjit Singh, Deputy Director, horticulture disclosed that training camps are being organized to impart training on polyhouse cultivation to farmers. Saplings of certain vegetable-plants are being provided at subsidized rates to the farmers.
He said that the department is making relentless efforts to popularize polyhouse technique and farmers are also giving a positive response. Sounding optimist, he said that in times to come polyhouse technique will gain foothold in the area thereby increasing the opportunities for growth of fruits and vegetables.