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Updated: February 25, 2011 11:46 IST

Proposal to provide free mobile handsets to farmers

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P. Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. File Photo: R. Ashok
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Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has submitted a proposal to the State government for providing free mobile sets to farmers so that they will be benefited from mobile-based agro advisory services.

Speaking at a six-day training programme on ‘Benefits of Participatory Irrigated Cropping System,’ which concluded on Wednesday, TNAU Vice-chancellor Dr. Murugesa Boopathi said that considering the success of its Agriportal the proposal was sent to the Government, since there are 81 lakh farm families in the State.

TNAU was also involved in providing market price information for various perishables such as fruits, vegetable, flowers and plantation crops through SMS, which was sent to more than 25,000 farmers and extension officials on a daily basis, Mr. Boopathi said.

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