Special Correspondent

PUDUCHERRY: Agriculture and Industries Minister V. Vaithilingam has urged self-help groups and those attached to the technology transfer clubs to function as immediate and effective sources in villages to relieve farmers of hardships.

Distributing Rs. 3,000 in assistance provided by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development to each of nine clubs at Kurumbapet near here on Tuesday, he said SHGs could better the lot of not only their members but also villagers interested in getting the benefits of government schemes. Whenever farmers grappled with pest attack on their crops, SHG and club members could help the find a solution. A meeting convened by the Union Agriculture Ministry in New Delhi recently insisted that consultants be appointed in villages to help farmers tackle exigencies.

Director of Agriculture R. Sathiaseelan said the club members should develop a cosmopolitan outlook and communication skills and maintain rapport with the media for sustained dissemination of information of their activities.

Principal of Kamarajar Krishi Vigyan Kendra A. Ramamoorthy said the nine clubs in Puducherry were in keeping with the guidelines of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research under whose jurisdiction the Kendra was functioning.