While a few years ago, farmers were wary of trying new methods, now, many of them seem to be embracing the method of greenhouse cultivation, reports Nrupathunga S K
Greenhouse farming is gaining popularity in the Malnad region. Youth from farming families seem keen to try their hand at this method. Throughout the district people are deserting outdoor cultivation and building greenhouses.
If this situation prevails, we may find greenhouses popping up all over the landscape. What makes it interesting is that a few years ago, even progressive farmers were reluctant to give this method a go; they feared the high investment at the initial stage as well as loss of crop.
Things have changed in recent times with people who have no agricultural background showing a sudden interest in growing vegetables and various kinds of flowers in greenhouses. A major reason could also be the subsidy being offered by the Horticulture Department.
According to greenhouse farmers, the government provides a subsidy of Rs 4.67 lakh exclusively to set up greenhouses, which has prompted cultivators to switch to this method. Greenhouses have become prominent in Teerthahalli taluk and parts of Bhadravathi taluk in Shimoga district. As many as eight greenhouse units are functioning in Teerthahalli taluk alone while there are five in Shimoga........Read More
Source: Deccan Herald