TAMIL NADU

Integrate technology with farming : Collector

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Collector M.S. Shanmugham has called for integrating technology with farming to increase production and earn more profits by farmers.

Cultivable land

Inaugurating an agriculture technical seminar organised by the Department of Agriculture here on Tuesday, the Collector said that the area of cultivable land was coming down and water was also becoming a rare commodity. While food security was important, it was also necessary to improve the standard of living of farmers which was in a poor condition.

Except for some farmers who grew cash crops like tea and coffee, others, particularly those who cultivate paddy, were in a state of penury.

Farmers should take to new methods like System Rice Intensification (SRI). One third of water required for normal farming was required for the SRI.

In Thanjavur district, the samba target was 1,05,000 hectares. Out of this 30,000 hectares was under the SRI.

He appealed to farmers to go for other incomes. Coconut farmers can produce value-added products like coir and oil.

The Director, Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute (TRRI), Aduthurai, S. Jebaraj said that agriculture was the mainstay in the country. More than 60 per cent of the population is involved in agriculture.

Paddy is cultivated on 42.4 million hectares in India. Tamil Nadu is the second largest producer of paddy next to Punjab in the country. TRRI has released varieties like ADT 27, ADT 36, 43, 46, 38, 39 etc.

It has also released one hybrid variety of paddy.

Tamil Nadu Agriculture University at Coimbatore has released three hybrid varieties of paddy.

Pulses remain an alternate source of income for farmers in Cauvery delta.

Pulses like black and green grams are raised as rice fallow crops in the delta.

In Peravurani area farmers have taken 2000 kilos of black gram per hectare.

Under the National Food Security scheme the plan was to produce ten million tonnes of food grains during 11th Five Year Plan, Mr. Jebaraj said.

P. Senthamil Selvan, Joint Director of Agriculture, and experts from TRRI, agriculture research station at Sirugamani, sugarcane research centre at Cuddalore spoke about the SRI, natural farming, integrated crop management in paddy and sugarcane.

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