Riverside vegetable cultivation is being taken up along the banks of the 11-km Kanampuzha as part of a project to revive the river with people’s participation under watershed development.

The vegetable cultivation initiative under the aegis of the Agricultural Department will be inaugurated by Ports Minister Ramachandran Kadannappally on Monday.

A press release said the Kanampuzha Athijeevana Samithi, which is spearheading the river revival project, has announced incentives for people willing to take up riverside vegetable cultivation in their areas. The project envisages expansion of monsoon season vegetable cultivation during July and August, the release said. During the Onam season, cultivation of Amaranth leaves (cheera) will be extended to 100 acres in the area. The river starts from Ayyappanmala in Mundery panchayat here and drains into the sea at the estuary at Adikadalayi here. The Kanampuzha watershed development is being launched under the aegis of the Haritha Keralam Mission.

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