The department of agriculture is planning to start coconut, banana, honey, mango and vegetable parks in the state. Rs 100 crore has been allocated for this purpose. The project will be implemented including in the KIIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board) scheme.
Banana, honey and coconut parks will be opened first. Two coconut parks will be opened, both in Kozhikode district. Banana and honey parks will be opened in Thrissur district. The Kerala Agro Industries Corporation Ltd (KAIC) will be in charge of the parks.
As the second phase of the project, a mango park will be started at Muthalamada in Palakkad and a vegetable park at Vattavada in Idukki. The project aims at production and distribution of value added products.
The parks will arrange facilities for the farmers to produce value added products from their crops. The park will function ensuring high participation of the farmers.
The project has been designed in a way that help the farmers gain more profit and also to bring pure and unadulterated products in the market.
There are not much facilities for the timely maintenance of agricultural equipments in the state. Considering the situation, an ITI was started in Punalur under Agro Industries Corporation, said its chairman Sulfikar Mayoori.