TNAU to provide technical support to greening project

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), along with other stakeholders, will help in executing the State government’s East Coast Development Project, TNAU vice-chancellor K. Ramasamy said here on Thursday.

Addressing mediapersons after assuming charge on August 27, the Vice-Chancellor said the five-year project would focus on increasing the green cover on the east coast of the State – a stretch of 1,006 km – from Kanyakumari to Chennai. Speaking to The Hindu later, he said the project involved a multi-pronged approach and included tank modernisation at a cost of Rs. 1,596 crore and increasing green cover at a cost of Rs. 672 crore.

The other stakeholders are: the Department of Forestry, Department of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Public Works Department, Water Resources Department, Public Distribution System, and the Department of Agriculture.

“With funding by the State Government, Asian Development Bank and some Japanese aid, the Department of Forestry has begun the pilot work. TNAU will provide the technology support. The green cover, as stipulated by the Government, is 33 per cent. From 19 per cent Tamil Nadu has reached 22 per cent of green cover now. The project focuses on improving that to 27 per cent,” Mr. Ramasamy said.

It also aimed at weaning people from marine dependence.

Instead of merely considering the sea as an option for means of livelihood, they could broaden their scope to include value-addition, export of value-added products, and entrepreneurship, Mr. Ramasamy added.

Project includes tank modernisation at a cost of Rs. 1,596 crore

Also aims at weaning people from marine dependence