A programme to enhance awareness among farmers about various schemes being implemented for their benefit by the Department of Horticulture was organised at Thummanatty near here on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering the Joint Director of Horticulture, J. Haldorai, listed the schemes being implemented during the current fiscal and urged the farmers to make use of the subsidy being extended for inputs under the National Horticulture Mission, the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP),micro-irrigation scheme etc.

Underscoring the advantages of functioning as a team, he suggested that 20 or 25 farmers should get together and form societies.

It would make the job of getting subsidies and financial assistance easier.

The village head Babu presided.

The Assistant Director of Horticulture, G.K. Umarani, also spoke.

Deputy Agriculture Officer J.Desingh welcomed the gathering. Assistant Agriculture Officer N.Ajjan proposed a vote of thanks.

About 70 farmers from Thummanatty and surroundings benefited.

Distribution of beans and peas seeds at subsidized cost under the Integrated

Horticulture Development Scheme by Mr. Haldorai marked the occasion.