Staff Reporter

SALEM: An agri clinic was established on the premises of Madras Fertilisers Limited (MFL) at Fairlands here to provide extension services to farmers.

The clinic would conduct soil testing and extend various other services to the farmers to improve the income. Agriculture graduates in the clinic would provide guidance on various cultivation technologies to the farmers free of cost.

Books and periodicals on agriculture technologies would be made available to the farmers. Guidance regarding the establishment of allied small and cottage industries would also be given. The clinic was opened following directions from the State Government to the fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers.

The primary objective of opening agri clinics and business centres was to supplement the efforts of Government extension system, make available supplementary sources of input supply and services to needy farmers and provide employment to agriculture graduates. The clinic was inaugurated on June 30.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Joint Director of Agriculture K. Janagan, who have retired from the service a few days ago, appealed to the farmers to make full use of the services extended by the clinic. Other speakers highlighted the need to improve the food production in order to meet the increasing demand in the country.