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Seed production centre soon: Minister

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Distribution of induction stoves, mixers, grinders launched

Agriculture Minister S. Damodharan (third right) distributing induction stoves in Udhagamandalam on Monday. –Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Agriculture Minister S. Damodharan (third right) distributing induction stoves in Udhagamandalam on Monday. –Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The establishment of a seed production centre here is under the active consideration of the government, said the Agriculture Minister S. Damodharan while distributing induction stoves, mixers and grinders to beneficiaries under the Chief Minister's Special Scheme.

Dependency

Stating that it would make available quality base materials to farmers ,he said that potato growers have for long been dependent on places like Simla for good quality seeds.

He added that there was also a move to bring into being a marketing facility here.

Pointing out that high priority is being accorded for the development of agriculture in the state, he said that funds were not a constraint. Efforts would be made to make the Nilgiris a model in the development of the sector.

Though in a few places floriculturists are not doing very well by and large floriculture is flourishing.

Schemes

Listing the subsidised schemes being implemented here  under the National Horticulture Mission, the Integrated Horticulture Development Programme, the Hill Area Development Programme etc,he urged the farming community to make use of them. Stating that education was also a thrust area,he said that the government was extending various facilities to the students.

Claiming that the people had facilitated the formation of the AIADMK Government because they were confident that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa would deliver the goods, Mr. Damodharan said that in extending a helping hand to the poor and needy she was following the footsteps of former Chief Minister late M.G. Ramachandran.

Poll promises are being systematically fulfilled.

The Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik who presided said that the government had decided to replace fans with induction stoves taking into consideration the climatic conditions here.

A total of 29,000 family card holders would benefit this year.

Quality

Stating that only good quality items are being distributed, she said that as a back up facility service centres are also being opened.

M. Buddhichandran, MLA, said that the schemes being implemented are in tune with the requirements of the people. O.P. Chinnaraj, MLA, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Senate member K.R. Arjunan, spoke.

The District Revenue Officer L.Nirmalraj welcomed the gathering.

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