Farmers should make use of the various schemes being offered by the State Government to increase farm output and productivity. Support to innovative and progressive farmers would be given priority, Commissioner for Agricultural Production K. Nandakishore said here on Sunday.
Interacting with farmers and officials during a visit to Karur, Mr. Nandakishore said that the schemes were tailor-made to suit the needs of the farmers and public should be aware of them to make the best use of the schemes. He also advised the officials to create awareness among the farmers and horticulturists to increase productivity to stay afloat in the highly competitive world. He wanted the officials to ensure that all agricultural inputs be made available in adequate quantities to the farmers.
Mr. Nandakishore, accompanied by officials from the Department of Agriculture visited some fields that have been brought under precision farm in Karur district. He visited the farm of Gunasekaran of Thirukkaduthurai where he saw for himself the lush growth of brinjal plants and enquired the condition of the crop with the farmer.
The official also visited a paddy field at Karaipalayam near Velayuthampalayam where he discussed with a progressive farmer Selvi who has opted for cultivation under System of Rice Intensification. He advised her to go in for precision farming in her sugar cane field. Farmers should be resource persons to help others go in for modernization and micro management techniques.
Likewise he visited the farm of Sujatha of Modakkur near Aravakurichi and saw the cultivation of Glorosia superba, a herbal plant that has immense medicinal properties and economic value.
Mr. Nandakishore inspected a moringa field near Aravakurichi where officials said that the current period was lull and would pick up April-May. He also visited the field where onion was being raised under drip irrigation. Besides, he visited a farmer Rathinam’s field at Pungambadi where chillies have been raised using micro irrigation technique.
District Collector J. Uma Maheswari, Joint Director of Agriculture, N. Shanmugam, Deputy Director of Horticulture Kandasamy, Deputy Director of Agricultural Marketing Muthusamy, Superintending Engineer Sundar of Agricultural Engineering, Executive Engineer Thiyagarajan, Deputy Director of Seed Certification Akbar, and others accompanied the official.