Training would be extended in agri-enterprises for three months at an integrated training centre run by the Co-operative Department for candidates from Ariyalur district.

According to a release from M. Ravikumar, Collector, of the total cultivated area of 1,06,409 hectares in the district, 67,158 hectares is rainfed and 39,254 hectares is irrigated.

While paddy is raised in 26,000 hectares, maize is raised in 16,000 hectares, pulses in 3,400 hectares, groundnut in 11,000 hectares, gingelly in 2,000 hectares, cotton in 8,000 hectares, cashew in 27,500 hectares, and sugarcane in 8,000 hectares. Besides, crops like chillies, tapioca, tamarind, mango, brinjal and banana are also grown in a considerable area. “Hence, Ariyalur district is quite conducive for starting agri-allied industries. By establishing units for value addition of agri-products, processing, grading and preparation of by-products, there is potential for generating considerable employment and also augmenting agricultural income.” Those who have studied agri-related courses in Plus Two, graduates and postgraduates in agriculture, diploma-holders in agriuculture and those who have secured either a diploma or a degree in any of the agri-related sectors like Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Horticulture, Forestry, and Dairy would get training. Those interested may contact Director, Natesan Institute of Co-operative Management and Training Centre, 2377-A, Anna Nagar, Chennai — 600040 (ph: 044-26210423). Log on to www.nicmchennai.