District Agricultural Farm of Ernakulam is located at Neryamangalam, a village in Ernakulam district on the banks of Periyar River. It is on the border of Ernakulam and Idukki districts. Agriculture is the predominant occupation in this area. Neriamangalam gets the highest average rainfall in the state of Kerala and that must be the reason to choose this place as the Agriculture capital of the district.
The farm is under the Agriculture Development & Farmers’ Welfare Department of Government of Kerala. The main agenda of the District Agricultural Center of Ernakulam is the formulation and implementation of programs to improve the production of both food crops and cash crops in the State. It undertakes activities among farmers to promote scientific methods of cultivation plant protection etc. They also arrange the supply of high yielding varieties of seeds, seedlings, planting materials and plant protection chemicals to farmers. The department also formulates policies and programs relating to the provision of credit to farmers. Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension are three important functions of the department. It also runs agricultural farms all over the state and also has an engineering wing.
My visit to the District Agricultural Farm, Neryamangalam.
As told earlier, The farm is situated at the border of Idukki and Neryamangalam. The farmers from both Idukki and Ernakulam districts depend on this farm for high yielding seeds and saplings. We also go there often buy saplings of fruits, spices, gardening plants ayurvedic plants etc. This time my aunt wants to buy some seeds for her vegetable garden (Most of the people from Idukki have a vegetable garden in their backyard and it’s yet another bliss of an Idukkikaran ). We were in a hurry to pick my uncle and we couldn’t spend a lot of time there, but I manage to collect some information and took few photos.
The farm is located at the Neryamangalam town itself and the entrance is 100m before the town when you are coming from Kothamngalam side. You can see a front office where you can enquire the details about every seeds and seedling available and make the purchase. I don’t know how big this farm is but I know its cover a vast area .You are always free to roam around the farm and choose the plants yourself. There is a wide variety of plants whose seedlings are always available like fruits like, vegetables, spices etc.