Agriculture Minister S. Damodharan has said that the State government has fixed foodgrain production target at 130 lakh tonne for the current year. Last year, it achieved 104 lakh tome against a target of 110 lakh tonne.

He was speaking at a meeting held here on Thursday to review the performance of the Agriculture and Horticulture Departments in Villupuram and Perambalur districts. He said that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had an ambitious plan of ushering in a second Green Revolution. She had come out with many farmer-friendly measures. Mr. Damodharan also noted that officials should identify crop strength of the districts and take action to augment production.

Farmers in these two districts could be encouraged to take to System of Rice Intensification and cultivation of maize and millets. The government was giving due importance to small and micro farmers. To improve irrigation potential, the government had allocated a sum of Rs. 124.7 crore for the entire State to create farm ponds. The Chief Minister had earmarked Rs 1,359 crore, the largest amount ever allotted by any other State, to tide over the drought situation.

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