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IT and nanotechnology can modernise agriculture: P.J. Joseph IT and nano technology can help modernise agricultures, says P.J. Joseph

THODUPUZHA: Kerala Congress (Joseph) leader and chairman of the Gandhiji Study Centre P.J. Joseph has stressed the need to harness the possibilities of frontier technologies to enhance productivity and income from agriculture.

Inaugurating a seminar on the subject he underscored the need to make use of information technology, telecommunications and nanotechnology in modernising the agriculture in the State. Mr. Joseph also called for a lunching an air cargo service in the line of the proposed passenger airline by the State government, so that agriculture produces could be taken to world markets in a shorter time span.

Speaking on the application of IT in agriculture sector, Planning Board member Vijayaraghavan said that to be a successful farmer in the emerging global scenario, it was imperative to have a comprehensive agriculture database to empower the farming community.

IT has applications in all sectors of activity and agriculture was no different. The primary role of IT application would be in the form of agriculture information centres, which would provide the farmer with all the necessary inputs he needed.

Time has come for us to move from the Krishi Bhavan regime to automated information dispensation centres, he pointed out. An investment of Rs.26 to Rs.27 crores during the next few years would be necessary for this purpose. According to Abu Sebastian, who works with the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, the application of nano technology in agriculture was still an emerging area.

It is basically used in the bio sensing area where presence of harmful chemicals could be detected. Researches on use of Nano composites in packaging materials have also started bearing fruits, he said.

The use of the technology on polymers and possible use in genetics are also emerging areas, he said.

In his paper on Global opportunities for Indian Farmers using telecommunication technologies and Internet, M. Rajiv Sunu said that the merging opportunities are in front end partnerships and alliances and are based on equal partnerships and recognition of mutual strengths.

In the afternoon, a seminar on green chemistry was held. The Mela would conclude on Sunday. Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan will be the guest of honour.

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