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70 agro-service centres to be set up in Dindigul

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Farm equipment worth Rs. 42.86 lakh given

For farmers' benefit: I. Periyasamy, Minster for Revenue, driving a tractor during the inauguration of agro-service centres in Dindigul on Sunday. — PHOTO: G.KARTHIKEYAN
For farmers' benefit: I. Periyasamy, Minster for Revenue, driving a tractor during the inauguration of agro-service centres in Dindigul on Sunday. — PHOTO: G.KARTHIKEYAN

The Department of Cooperatives has plans to establish 70 agro-service centres in the district with the help of primary agriculture cooperative banks in order to hire farm equipment and implements at nominal rates, said I. Periasamy, Minister for Revenue.

He inaugurated new agro-service centres and distributed tractors and farm equipment to these centres at a function held here on Sunday.

He said that such a measure would scale down the capital investment of farmers. Moreover, mechanisation would help farmers to overcome shortage of agricultural labourers. He pointed out that modern agricultural practices and advanced machineries would improve productivity.

The cooperatives has plans to buy power tillers, transplanting machines and tractor drawn rotavators, trailers, cage wheel, weed remover. Farm equipment worth Rs. 42.86 lakh were given to these centres.

Earlier, the Minister drove a tractor and checked its condition and inaugurated agro-service centres at Kunnuvarankottai, A. Vellode, Porulur, V. Mettupatti and Thoppampatti villages. These centres would function on the campus of primary agricultural cooperative banks. The Department of Cooperatives has also set up its cooperative pharmacy in Dindigul to supply quality medicines at affordable prices.

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