Farmers growing 1.60 lakh cashew-plants in their fields
Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa Development, Kochi (Kerala) has found the climate of Betul, Chhindwara, Balaghat and Seoni districts of the state suitable for cashew cultivation. The Cashew Area Expansion Programme has been implemented under National Agriculture Development Scheme “Raftaar” this year in these districts. In these districts, SC, ST and general category farmers have planted total one lakh 60 thousand cashew-plants in a total area of ??1430 hectares.
Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa Development, Kochi (Kerala) is providing one lakh 26 thousand more saplings to the farmers in addition to the sapling planted so far.Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 171.666 lakh for the cultivation of cashew in these districts. Cashew saplings are being planted in 1000 hectares in Betul district, 30 hectares in Chhindwara, 200 hectares in Balaghat and 200 hectares in Seoni district. Per hectare 200 plants are being planted at a distance of 7 X 7 meters.