Pudumai Uzhavar Mandrams should take modern farming techniques to farmers to help them double productivity and increase income by threefold as aimed by the Tamil Nadu government, said S.Natarajan, Tiruvarur District Collector, at Koradachery in Tiruvarur district on Monday .

He inaugurated the mandram of Maangudi village at Koradachery panchayat union. He said that government is giving 100 per cent subsidy for drip irrigation and has introduced special kuruvai package for taking up kuruvai cultivation in pumpset-irrigated areas. Farmers are encouraged to take up sericulture, cultivation of alternate crops, and goat rearing. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique will help farmers cultivate using less water, he said. He distributed agricultural inputs under kuruvai special package to 10 farmers. Senthil, chairman, Koradachery town anchayat, and Ganesan, Joint Director of Agriculture, participated.