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Mechanisation of farm activities gets a boost

Meedhu Miriyam Joseph
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Help at hand:A farm equipment handed overto trainees.
Help at hand:A farm equipment handed overto trainees.

To address the problem of farm labour scarcity, the State Agriculture Department has been supporting mechanisation of farming and training people to operate and service the machines. Complimenting this initiative, the Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat recently provided advanced agriculture equipment to the scheme's trainees.

In a function held at Punchakkari near here, district panchayat vice-president Rufus Daniel distributed a tractor and other farm machinery to the members of the Pandarakkari Padasekhara Samiti on Saturday.

In the Agricultural wing's effort to expedite mechanisation of farming activities, three training sessions were held for more than 30 youths at the agriculture department office in Vellayani recently. These groups of workers were trained to operate and service various agriculture machineries such as tractor, power tiller, rotavator, weed cutter, bush cutter etc for 15 working days.

Ten such trainees who have completed the training will be undergoing their driving test at the RTP offices to obtain the necessary licences to operate such machines.

Thiruvananthapuram District Panchayat came forward to support the initiative by providing advanced agriculture machineries such as Tractor, Post hold digger, Rotavator, Power Tillers etc to the various padasekhara samithies in the district. The District Panchayat also procured three Power Tillers to distribute among various Pada sekhara Smithies in and around Chenkal.

Mechanisation of farming activities and developing trained manpower to operate and service those agriculture machineries is the need of the hour to address the shortcomings of labourers.Such training programmes would be taken up aggressively in the coming years to ensure sufficient trained and skilled agriculture machinery operators in the district, said M.Haja Shereef, Assistant Executive Engineer (Agriculture), Vellayani.

Vellayani, the agriculture belt of Thiruvananthapuram experience serious flood water drainage problem which the district panchayat is addressing now by clearing the weeds, water hyacinth and silts which block free drainage flow of water in the ‘Kannukali Chaal'. The work is expected to start in two days. Once the proper drainage is ensured, the farmers shall go for cultivation in more areas and in all seasons, he added.

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