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TECHNOLOGY FOR VILLAGES : Assembly Speaker R. Radhakrishnan with Chairman of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation M.S. Swaminathan at the mobile soil and water testing facility at Kuruvinatham on Saturday.

TECHNOLOGY FOR VILLAGES : Assembly Speaker R. Radhakrishnan with Chairman of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation M.S. Swaminathan at the mobile soil and water testing facility at Kuruvinatham on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T.Singaravelou

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Kuruvinatham centre to provide information on agriculture, animal husbandry, education

PUDUCHERRY: Information related to agriculture, animal husbandry, education and health will be available for villagers of Kuruvinatham with the setting up of a Village Knowledge Centre (VKC) by M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.

Inaugurating a new building of the centre on Saturday, chairman of the foundation M.S. Swaminathan asked the villagers to make use of the facility to get information regarding soil, climate, cattle and crops.

“With the establishment of the centre, knowledge revolution has begun in the village. You will manage the centre and get information you require. Regular information on soil strength, protection of crops, climate changes are very important,” he said.

People in the village, including farmers, traders and bankers, would benefit out of the centre. “A passbook will be issued and details regarding government schemes, address and phone numbers of officials will be given,” Mr. Swaminathan said.

Stressing on income generation activities, he said, “Paddy cultivation alone is not enough to generate income. To obtain higher income, you need to take up activities which have a market,” Mr. Swaminathan said. The centre would provide two types of programmes for children and adults. For children, the programme of “every child a scientist” would be available at the centre.

“Use knowledge for income generation and activities such as controlling diseases in cattle. Knowledge revolution will benefit all,” he emphasised.

Speaker of Legislative Assembly R. Radhakrishnan said THAT the centre would help the villagers to obtain immediate information and guidance. “On a daily basis, the centre will help the villagers to get information on what was required for crops and help in detection of diseases in cattle,” he said and promised to support the foundation to organise seminars for young people in the village to create interest in agriculture.

A mobile unit for soil and water testing had been stationed at the village for two days to help the villagers get information on soil and water condition.

So far, the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation had established 14 Village Knowledge Centres in Puducherry. The centre would provide information related to agriculture, animal husbandry, education, health, government entitlements, government programmes and up-to-date news. The foundation would conduct Microsoft Unlimited Potential Programme to train the village youth, both boys and girls to enhance their job opportunities.

Apart from this, the centre would give training to micro-enterprises. The idea was to take technology to people at grassroot-level and help in their livelihood.

Senior vice-president of EID Parry (I) Private Limited R. Ravindran, local body representatives, president of Sri Muthumariamman Temple Trust, Kuruvinatham, M. Muthunarayanan and centre volunteer of Kuruvinatham L.Uma spoke.

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