A three-day training programme on water management for tribal farmers organised under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) got underway at the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute (CSWCRTI), near here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the programme S. Chellamuthu, Director, Water Technology Centre (WTC), TNAU, highlighted the importance of conserving natural resources like soil and water and cultivating crops in accordance with the nature of the soil and availability of water.

Underscoring the importance of following micro irrigation techniques like drip and

sprinkler and adopting new improved technologies developed by agricultural universities and research institutes, he said that owing to dwindling water resources and erratic rainfall distribution, they assume considerable importance.

C.Mayilsami, Professor, WTC, stressed the role of efficient use of water in agriculture and urged the beneficiaries to make the optimum use of the training programme.

P. Sundarambal, Head in-charge, CSWCRTI, said that farmers should reduce their dependence on conventional farming practices and learn new techniques.

Welcoming the gathering, P. Selvi, Scientist, CSWCRTI said that the objective of the programme was to inculcate efficient water management practices in the vegetable farms of tribals. A. Valliammai, Assistant Professor, WTC, proposed a vote of thanks. Thirty-two farmers belonging to the Kota tribal community of Trichigadi village of Iduhatti watershed are participating.