Special Correspondent

Farmers oriented on soil testing, seed processing and selection of agricultural crops.

“Deepening of tanks, desilting of irrigation channels are being taken up under the NREG scheme.”

ARIYALUR: Farmers should adopt latest technology and efficient water management practices to achieve good yield in agricultural crops, said Collector T. Abraham here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the ‘Aimperum Vizha' at Gangaikonda Chozhapuram organised by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) for the benefit of the farmers of Ariyalur district to create awareness on soil testing, seed processing, selection of agricultural crops, raising of paddy under the system of rice intensification (SRI) method of cultivation and eradication of rodents in the fields, the Collector said that the district was a backward district and most of them depend only on agriculture.

Most of the farmers cultivate agricultural crops under rain-fed condition except in T. Pazhur and Tirmanur blocks where paddy is being cultivated under irrigated condition.

Mr Abraham pointed out that the agricultural labourers in the district were engaged in various development works under the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) scheme and were being given work for 100 days.

Deepening of tanks, desilting of irrigation channels are being taken up under the NREG scheme, he said.

Radhakrishnan and Vijayakumar, Joint Director and Deputy Directors of Agriculture, Ariyalur, Senthamarai Manimaran, president of Gangaikondapuram panchayat and others spoke.