TNAU to start distance education course on Farm Technology

P. Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, (centre) having a glimpse of the teerace garden at the TNAU-Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute near Tiruchi on Monday. G. Kathiresan (left), Dean of the college, is also in the picture. Photo: R. Ashok   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has conceptualised a three-year degree course ‘Bachelor of Farm Technology' through its open education learning mode to educate and empower farmers over 30 years of age.

The course spread over six semesters will commence next month, P. Murugesa Boopathi, Vice-Chancellor, said on Monday

Addressing media persons after inaugurating a terrace garden at the TNAU - Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute here on Monday, Dr. Murugesa Boopathi said those with a minimum qualification of SSLC will be admitted to the course. The syllabus for the first semester would focus on fundamental principles of agriculture such as soil health, contents of water, study on climate and application of organic nutrients. In the subsequent semesters, the course would deal with advanced topics of agriculture, horticulture, home science and food processing techniques.

On conducting contact classes, the Vice-Chancellor saidthe TNAU's network in terms of research stations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras all over the state would facilitate students to attend contact classes in their nearest town. Ten contact classes would be held for each semester, he added.

Imported cane harvester

With a view to assist cane growers, the TNAU had imported a sugarcane harvester from China worth about Rs.1.50 crore. Explaining its advantages, he said unlike the conventional practices, the harvester would cut both erect and lodged sugarcane by properly lifting them and chopping the green top.

The conventional method is to cut the sugarcane into pieces necessitating transport to sugar mills within eight to ten hours for ensuring higher sugar recovery. The harvester ensured both speed and quality in cutting process. With a cutting capacity of 20 to 25 tonnes an hour, the harvester could be operated for about eight to ten hours a day. The imported equipment will soon be assembled and put to operation, he said.

The Centre, under its National Agriculture Development Programme, had sanctioned Rs. six crore for the purchase of four harvesters, he added.

Terrace garden

The TNAU was popularising the concept of roof garden and terrace garden among urban masses. “It supports urban food production and reduces carbon-di-oxide emission.”

G. Kathiresan, Dean of the College, said a wide variety of horticultural plants could be utilised for developing roof gardens. Horticultural crops of ‘PKM-1' drumstick; ‘PKM-1' tomato, brinjal; ‘K2' chillies had been raised on the terrace garden in the college.

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