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Collector V.K. Shanmugam (third right) giving away loan to a farmer during the launch of Lead Crop project at the Regional Research Station, Paiyur in Krishnagiri on Friday.
Collector V.K. Shanmugam (third right) giving away loan to a farmer during the launch of Lead Crop project at the Regional Research Station, Paiyur in Krishnagiri on Friday.

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The Rs. 50-lakh project is promoted by NABARD

KRISHNAGIRI: A pilot project on ``Augmenting Productivity of Lead Crops'' was launched at the Regional Research Station at Paiyur here, a constituent unit of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, on Friday.

R. Narayan, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) launched it on Friday in the presence the District Collector V.K. Shanmugam.

Mr. Narayan said that the Rs. 50-lakh project was promoted by NABARD in association with the Regional Research Station, a Project Facilitation Agency for the Krishnagiri district.

The project was launched during this financial year to increase the productivity of lead crops and achieving 4 per cent sustained agriculture growth.

The main objective of the scheme is to enhance the productivity of the lead crops of the respective villages to be covered through progressive farming practices resulting in maximisation of profit will be the key factor in this project, he said.

Benchmark survey in the target villages will be done to prepare farm plan to the individual farmers after assessing the farmers' resources, their strength and opportunities available locally. An Krishnagiri District Farmers Federation (KRIFAFED) would be formed for effective implementation of the programme. The federation will play a crucial role in brand building of the products. Union and State governments' programmes of agriculture and allied departments will be linked to the farmers needs.

The risk fund provided by the NABARD would be used as loan to the federation for the purchase of high cost machineries and to create infrastructure. To sell the agriculture produce at a premium price, Global Good Agricultural Practices (CGAP) certification would be obtained. The data related to the resources, production capability of all the KRIFAFED farmers would be posted on a website. All the farmers clubs attached to the KRIFAFED would have Single Window Information Centre (SWIC) enabled through Information Communication Technology, he added. Mr.

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