The regular farmers’ grievances day meeting held here on Thursday witnessed some unusual but healthy discussion not connected with the agenda of the day.

Farmers’ representatives cutting across political and association affiliations took time to speak at length on the forthcoming book fair planned by the district administration from January 31 to February 9 in the town and urged their fraternity to patronise the fair.

Not only they showered encomiums on the district administration for organising the fair for the third consecutive year, but also came out with useful suggestions for imbibing reading habit among the rural masses, much to the delight of District Collector Darez Ahamed, a moving force behind the whole show.

Chelladurai, district secretary of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said that there was a wrong notion that farmers seldom read books. He urged the farmers to visit the book fair with their family members. He thanked the Collector for inviting some top literary personalities whom they had seen only on television.

V. Jayaraman, its district president, came out with the suggestion that the local bodies could allocate special funds for the purchase of books at the fair, which could be donated to the village libraries functioning in their areas. The Collector should issue directive in this regard.

Kannappan, member of the Water Users Association, and Varadarajan of Poolambadi, president of Ayyan Tiruvalluvar Uzhavar Manram, expressed the same views and assured all support for the success of the fair.