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expertise:P. Murugesa Boopathi (second from right), Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, at an exhibition for farmers in Madurai on Friday.
expertise:P. Murugesa Boopathi (second from right), Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, at an exhibition for farmers in Madurai on Friday.

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Exhibition displays effective farming tools

MADURAI: To make farmers understand the latest technology and concepts in agriculture, a ‘Technology Week' is being organised at the Agricultural College and Research Institute (ACRI) here from March 5.

Hundreds of farmers attended the first day events, including an exhibition, which was inaugurated on Friday by P. Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

During the week-long programme, farmers would be exposed to concepts like precision farming, farm mechanisation, technology for improving pulses production, drip irrigation, bee-keeping, mushroom cultivation and market-led production.

The ‘Technology Week' was being organised jointly by Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

“Our objective is to disseminate information to farmers about the latest technology available for agriculture. Through this event, we can meet the farmers directly and create awareness among them,” Dr. Murugesa Boopathi said at the inaugural.

He said that the exhibition to display effective farming tools was aimed at kindling interest among farmers on commercial-oriented agriculture because “seeing is believing and any technology developed for farmers must reach them properly.”

The Vice-Chancellor said that Krishi Vigyan Kendras in every district were being involved in taking technology to farmers by demonstrating the latest tools.

Stalls on agriculture, horticulture, sericulture and animal husbandry were put up at the exhibition. K. P. T. Ganesan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Agriculture Marketing Board, P. M. Mannan, Deputy Mayor of Madurai Corporation, and P. Kalaiselvan, Director of Extension Education, TNAU, were among those who spoke.

K. Vairavan, Dean, Agriculture College and Research Institute, in his address, said that the ‘Technology Week' would help farmers in increasing the yield by learning new techniques from agriculture experts.

P. Banumathi, Dean, Home Science College and Research Institute, was among those who addressed the farmers.

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