Malappuram: A new project 'Green Royalty' has begun in Ponnani, which is yet another innovative initiative of Ponnani Municipality that had initiated so many model projects in connection with nature conservation. 'Green Royalty' is the mechanism by which the conservators of paddy fields, ponds, sacred groves etc. get annual royalty every year. This is the first time when a local self government give royalty to the nature conservators. The scheme was inaugrated by Dr.T.N.Seema, Executive Vice Chairperson, Kerala Haritha Kerala Mission. Mr. Amith Meena IAS, District Collector, Malappuram was the chief guest for the function.
The annual royalty is planned to be paid to 114 beneficiaries who reside within the jurisdiction of the municipality at a total cost of 2 lakhs. The royalty amount will be Rs.1000/- for conserving paddy fields below 50 cents, Rs. 2000/- for paddy fields above 50 cents, Rs.2000/- for conserving ponds in private land and Rs.1000/- for conserving mangroves and sacred groves.
By initiating this scheme, the municipality aims to preserve value of the inseparable connection between agriculture and ecology. Along with providing financial assistance to the conservators and thereby ensuring nature conservation, the Municipality also aims to ensure social recognition to the protectors of this generation through this scheme.
Even before 'Haritha Keralam' scheme was conceptualized, Ponnani Municipality had initiated a program called ' Ponnaryan Koyyunna Ponnani' for protecting indigenous rice varieties of the region. The municipality was also able to sell the product from the above program in the name of organic brand 'Ponnari'.
In a meeting held at R.V.Palace Auditorium, Ponnani and presided by Shri. C.P. Muhammed Kunji, Chairman, Ponnani Municipality, Asokakumar v, secretary, Kerala Jaiva Karshaka Samithi, the farmers were felicitated and honored with certificates of recognition.