TAMIL NADU

Edappadi writes to Modi on ICAR

Reiterating the Tamil Nadu government’s stand against the closure or merger of three institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the State, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to instruct the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare not to press ahead with such moves.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Palaniswami also referred to the letters he had written to the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, expressing his opposition to the closure or merger of three institutes in Tamil Nadu — the Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI) in Coimbatore, the National Research Centre (NRC) for Banana in Tiruchirapalli and the Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture (CIBA) in Chennai.

“The SBI has been serving the farming community since 1912 and has produced sugarcane varieties that are quite popular among the sugarcane growers in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana. The State government is keen on ensuring that the institute in Coimbatore is not closed or merged with other ICAR institutions,” the Chief Minister stated.

While the NRC in Tiruchirapalli had significantly boosted the production of bananas to meet the demand from consumers, the CIBA in Chennai provided regular technical support to all coastal States on brackish water aquaculture, he pointed out, and insisted that these institutes should not be closed or merged.

“The closure or merger of these ICAR institutes would have a detrimental impact on the interests of the farmers and fisherfolk of Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Palaniswami said.

Closure or merger would have a detrimental impact on the interests of the farmers and fisherfolk of T.N.