Farm Science Clubs to be formed in Pudukottai

Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI: In an effort to disseminate latest agriculture technologies and modern practices quickly to farmers, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in the district has planned to form Farm Science Clubs in select villages shortly.

The KVK, a grass root-level institution involved in transforming rural life by demonstrating latest technologies in agriculture besides imparting vocational training to the rural folk, has already identified a group of villages for forming the clubs.

The clubs would comprise only farmers, who would be handpicked by the KVK based on their practical experience in agriculture. More importance would be given to farm women who play a vital role in farming operations.

The Farm Science Clubs would be formally inaugurated next week when a orientation programme is proposed to be conducted by the KVK for select group of farmers of 10 villages including Kothakottai, Anavayal, Dakshinapuram, Thirukattalai, Pappanviduthi and Manjaanviduthi on this "new concept".

During the orientation, the farmers would be enlightened about the Farm Science Club concept, its roles and responsibilities by the scientists of the KVK, Prof. SP. Ramanathan, Associate Professor and Head, KVK, Pudukottai, told `The Hindu'.

Based on the "demand and requirement", the KVK would impart either on campus or off campus training to the club members who in turn would transmit and disseminate them to the fellow farmers in their respective villages. "The idea is to create rural trainers on agro development", says Prof. Ramanathan adding that the process of knowing the new technologies or latest practices would be quick if a farmer gets to know from his trained colleague. The agriculture scientists from the KVK would be present at the village when the rural trainers impart training to their fellow farmers.

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