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Expert advice: Counsel P.Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (Coimbatore), interacting with farmers at the Agricultural College and Research Institute in Madurai on Thursday.
Expert advice: Counsel P.Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (Coimbatore), interacting with farmers at the Agricultural College and Research Institute in Madurai on Thursday.

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“It is essential to feed the 110-crore people in the country”

MADURAI: Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) P. Murugesa Boopathi cautioned against neglecting agriculture “since it is very much essential to feed the 110 crore people in the country.”

Complacency in agriculture would cost dearly, particularly at this juncture, when the land under cultivation was gradually coming down, he said at the inaugural function of farmers’ club and interaction meeting at the Agricultural College and Research Institute here on Thursday.

Dr. Boopathi said that agriculture sector was facing several challenges such as global warming, environment degradation and conversion of agriculture land into real estate and for industrial purposes.

“Our agricultural productivity has to be increased as the land available for cultivation is shrinking. Though our country has made rapid strides in production of foodgrains thanks to the Green Revolution, it is now time to give thrust for farm mechanisation and scientific methods of cultivation,” the Vice-Chancellor stressed.

He urged the farmers not to rely on a single crop since the market factors would be adverse if all of them raised the same crop.

Collector N. Mathivanan said that various initiatives were being taken for the welfare of farmers in the district. The seminar and farmers’ club inaugural function were jointly organised by the TNAU and the Union Bank of India (Madurai Regional Office).

P. Y. Nagar, General Manager, Union Bank of India, S. Murali, Deputy General Manager, and K. Vairavan, Dean, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, spoke.

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