An all new Indo-Dutch centre of excellence (CoE) for flowers and vegetables was recently inaugurated in Kerala's Wayanad area. The centre will put together exercises like the precision cultivation of flowers and vegetables, as well as the production and dissemination of good quality planting materials to farmers. Further training will be provided to farmers, local entrepreneurs and officials through different programmes in the first stage.
The centre of excellence also has a tissue culture lab that has been set up with the objective of delivering up to the mark quality planting materials.
The centre will likewise investigate possible outcomes in the agri-horti tourism industry in the locality. The idea is to change Wayanad into a central hub of horticulture and floriculture," the official statement stated. The established CoE will act as an archive for knowledge on Dutch technology and practices which is relevant to India. The CoE was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a virtual assembly. Later, the meeting was presided by MoS Agriculture, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar.
In the meeting, Mr. Vijayan said that the centre would help to revive the agribusiness sector in Kerala and will implement numerous creative innovations in horticulture and vegetable development that the Netherlands has created. Later Tomar commented that the established centre will benefit the entire country and is not confined to only Kerala.