Visakhapatnam: In view the ongoing promotion of horticulture in the Vizianagaram district, Vizianagaram collector Vivek Yadav on Friday asked the district horticulture authorities to speed up cultivation.
The collector pointed out that there was a need to intensify horticulture growth in much of the upland areas of Vizianagaram towards the north-eastern region and added that more than 3,700 acres have already been earmarked for horticulture development.
Regarding the spread of different species of fruiting plants, the collector noted that mango has been the standard horticulture species in the district and urged the authorities to diversity and encourage growth of sapota and cashew in both existing mango orchards as well as in the earmarked areas. He also added that most of the agriculture fields of the district were tank irrigated and so far only 1,900 acre of irrigation tanks have been properly repaired.
Regarding the need for development of horticulture plantations in the district, the collector said horticulture development is the best option as much of the plain areas in the district were predominantly dry lands. He further observed that horticulture promotion would result in less stress on the existing water table and on the long run result in rise in water levels.
The collector also urged the horticulture authorities to earmark area for the development of medicinal plantations and asked them to submit a detailed report on the feasibility of such a project. He further directed the authorities to conduct regular public meetings with members of the farming community to ensure that there is awareness on the project.