Adopt new technologies, Minister tells farmers

Staff Reporter

SALEM: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam called upon farmers to learn modern cultivation methods and adopt new technologies to improve agricultural productivity.

Inaugurating the five-day agriculture and farmers’ development workshop and exhibition at the Periyar University auditorium here on Saturday, the Minister said that improving the agricultural productivity was very vital to ensure food security of the country.

The farmers should work in close coordination with the agricultural scientists to modernise various processes including cultivation, fertilizer application, pest management and water management to enhance the productivity.

Listing out the activities carried out under Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), he said that the agency aimed at involving key stakeholders for sustainable agricultural development in the district. It was a focal point for integrating research and extension activities and decentralising day to day management of the public agricultural technology system. The government had allotted about Rs. 20.19 crore to provide financial assistance to the farmers groups functioning under the ATMA this fiscal, he added.

Agricultural production commissioner and Secretary Surjit K Chaudhary said that the Tamil Nadu Government was implementing a number of schemes to improve the productivity.

He said that the government had begun the implementation of precision farming in nine districts including Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. It was also planned to set up agri clinics in the block level to provide quality extension services to the farmers. An exhibition was also organised for the farmers.

Farmers from Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Karur, Erode and Coimbatore districts are attending the workshop. Agriculture Commissioner S. Kosalaraman, Tamil Nadu Watershed Development Agency Executive Director Atul Anand, Collector N. Mathivanan, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Ramasamy, Periyar University Vice-Chancellor M. Thangaraju and Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini, spoke.

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