To disseminate latest practices to Tuticorin ryots
Tuticorin: The long-awaited dream of farmers in the district for a state-of-the-art centre to disseminate latest agriculture practices to them has come true with the Department of Agriculture establishing a Farmers' Training Centre at the office of the Joint Director of Agriculture situated near the Collectorate.
According to S Shahul Hameed, Joint Director of Agriculture, the centre would impart village-based training to farmers on latest agriculture production technologies and allied activities, to enhance the productivity and thereby augment the income of farmers.
"The centre would act as a link between `lab and land', by which technologies developed in the laboratories would be disseminated to the farmers as quickly as possible through need-based-trainings."
For smooth interactions and speedy dissemination of technology, the department had formed eight Farmers Discussion Groups (FDG) across the district. The conveners of these groups would be briefed on the technologies suited for their crops and area, who, in turn, would pass the information on to their members.
Mr. Hameed said that to ensure that technologies were properly implemented, resource persons from the FTC comprising P Chandrasekaran, Assistant Director of Agriculture, and Krishna Pillai, Agricultural Officer, along with `outsourced experts', would frequently visit the villages and hold discussions with the FDGs.
"We plan to form 17 more FDGs before July 31," he said.
The village-based training conducted by the FTC would focus on skill development of farmers with adequate emphasis on irrigated farming systems, dry land technologies and extension techniques.
"Training in irrigated farming systems would help those who were engaged in paddy, banana and maize cultivation, whereas sessions on dry land technologies would benefit the farmers involved in the cultivation of groundnut, dry chillies and senna," the joint director said.
Under extension techniques, the FTC would carry out capacity building exercises and promote organic farming, to help the farmers venture into the niche segments of agriculture production.
Mr Hameed said plans were in the offing to use the FTC to disseminate data on cultivation of crops such as mango, mulberry and mushrooms, which were practised elsewhere in the globe, to the local farmers.