Staff Reporter

Thrissur: Mechanisation of farming is the solution to the paucity of agricultural labourers, Kerala Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K.R. Viswambaran has said. Addressing a meeting of farm machine service providers at the Agricultural Research Station of the KAU at Mannuthy on Tuesday, he said the university would train farmers and farm workers in operating and repairing of farm machinery.

The university has been approached by various States such as Tamil Nadu and Punjab for such training programmes, he said.

Director of Research D. Alexander said that the university would implement a Rs.4-crore project for developing crop-specific machinery suitable for various climatic zones. Special focus would be given for promoting mechanisation among women.

KAU was also contemplating to prepare an inventory of farm machines available in the State to make them easily accessible for the farmers.

A consortium of agro-machinery service providers also would be formed, said Mr. Alexander.

Director of Extension M.K. Sheela presided over the function.

The VC distributed certificates to trainees who have successfully completed training on farm machinery.

Registrar of the KAU Jobi V. Paul, Head of Agriculture Research Station U. Jaikumaran and others spoke.