Staff Reporter

"It will boost economic development of SHGs"

DINDIGUL: All farm activities at the integrated nursery, a profit making model farm manned by the self-help group at Chekkapatti near Batlagundu, should be replicated in other areas for the overall economic and social development.

All lines of departments in Central and State Governments should be involved in the development of similar models, said C.K. Gariyali, Secretary to the Governor.

Interacting with the members of the SHG at the nursery, sprawling over 38 acres, she said the cattle and poultry should be produced in large scale for effective economic development.

Tissue culture could also be introduced and the members could even lease out agriculture land near the farm for expansion activities. More women must be involved in these activities. Watershed works should also be taken up in large scale for effective results.

Technical departments must extend their expertise to these groups in connection with good agriculture practices, effective water management and advanced irrigation techniques, she said.

The secretary was happy to know that the farm had been using only organic manure to raise crops and seedlings.

Later, she inspected a bio-fuel farm at Sandhaiyur watershed area and other wasteland development activities such as social forestry, farm and percolation ponds and fruit tree farms.

The Collector R. Vasuki, who accompanied the Secretary, said a total of 3,062 hectares of wasteland had been developed at a cost Rs.2.26 crore and 5,000 hectares of wasteland would be developed at a cost of Rs.3 crore under the Integrated Wasteland Development Programme Phase III next year.