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Learn nuances of technology, agri varsity VC tells farmers

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor T. Ramaswami presenting seed money cheques to members of a women farmer group at a meeting in Agricultural College and Research Institute in Madurai on Monday.— Photo: R. Ashok  

Considering the steady decline in cultivable area across the State, it was high time farmers learnt the nuances of technology in farm activities, said Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K. Ramasami here on Monday.

Inaugurating a one-day awareness-cum-interaction programme for progressive farmers on system of rice intensification (SRI) technique, he said that despite limitations, agriculture sector’s contribution to country’s economy had been pivotal. A look at the five year plans indicated that there had been vast improvement from the third five-year plan to the seventh five-year plan in terms of production of foodgrains.

In the event of changing trends, farmers were compelled to learn new techniques and advancements which would ensure that the sector survived, Dr. Ramasami said and added that sharing success stories and learning through seminars and interactions with scientists at agricultural universities and research stations would certainly help farmers to a great extent.

Distributing cheques for Rs. 10,000 each towards seed money to various women farmers’ groups from the district on the occasion, he urged them to look for value addition to their produce to attract more consumers.

In his presidential address, H. Philip, Director (Extension), said that students and farmers were the two eyes of the agricultural university. Through the Krishi Vigyan Kendras, research activities were on in full pace. “New techniques attracted youngsters and by roping them in to take up agriculture, the State can bring in more awards and rewards,” he noted.

AC and RI Dean I. Muthusami and Home Science College Dean C. Parvathi offered felicitations. Earlier, Joint Director (Agriculture) S. Kanagaraj welcomed the gathering and programme coordinator P. Subburaj proposed a vote of thanks.

SRI technique

Later, in a brief chat with reporters, he said that presently, eight lakh hectares in the State were covered under SRI technique and it had been decided to cover 12 lakh hectares shortly. Out of 58 lakh hectares covered under the cultivable area in the State, 12 lakh ha had been held by corporate houses and industries for non-agricultural purposes. As a result, the farmers were compelled to adapt modern technologies and use machines to speed up the process and reap in profits as well as step up productivity.

On July 5, a scientific workers’ conference would be held at Coimbatore in which new varieties developed by scientists would be presented, he said.


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