Festival offers opportunity to keep abreast of developments

Farmers festivals connect farmers with recent and emerging technology which would result in increasing the revenue of farmers through increasing productivity and profitability. The festivals would help in realising the cherished idea of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to increase the income levels of rural people, District Collector S. Jayandhi said at Lingamanaickenpatti near Aravakurichi in Karur district on Thursday.

Addressing a farmers’ festival at the village Ms. Jayandhi observed that the event offered an opportunity for the farmers to keep themselves abreast of the emerging trends, in particular aspects of agriculture. In doing so, the farmers were benefited by access to technology that would reduce their burden and chore besides improving their finances through better returns, she said.

While the first green revolution helped India attain self sufficiency in food, the second green revolution being ushered in by the State Government would help the farming community take a firm grasp over the agro economics, the Collector noted.

Important agricultural aspects such as soils sampling, pulses nursery raising, port tray method of raising nurseries, grading moringa and such other aspects would be detailed in the farmers festivals.

The farmers could utilise the events to know more about markets, costing, to enhance their benefit out of agriculture, Ms. Jayandhi said. She also disbursed integrated farmers handbook to four beneficiaries, a power tiller worth Rs. 1.10 lakh to an adi dravida farmers group, Rs. 15,000 to a farmer who stood first in productivity contest, besides giving away power sprayer to two farmers.

Joint Director of Agriculture M. Deivendran, Pallappatti Town Panchayat president Syed Ibrahim, Assistant Director of Agriculture Kailasapathy and officials from sister departments participated in the programme. The Collector also inaugurated an expo as part of the farmers’ festival.