Tamil Nadu Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, MRK Panneerselvam.  file

Tamil Nadu Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, MRK Panneerselvam. file | Photo Credit: Bijay Ghosh

Tamil Nadu government on March 21 announced an overseas training program for farmers, through which 150 farmers would be taken to countries such as Israel, Netherlands, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines etc.

Explaining the reasons for organizing the tour, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister MRK Panneerselvam in the Assembly Budget said adoption of high yielding technology had resulted in high productivity in some countries.

He said Tamil Nadu farmers would be eager to adopt these technologies in their fields if they get an opportunity to visit the countries. “Seeing is believing and doing is learning,” he said and announced allocation of ₹3 crore from the Union government and the State government funds.

The Minister also announced a project to create a gene bank of traditional vegetable seeds to popularize them.

“District-level seed festivals and State-level seminars would be conducted. Farmers, who have revived maximum traditional vegetable seeds will get cash awards. These seeds will be further multiplied at the State horticultural farms and distributed to farmers and public in seed kit during Adi Pattam and Thai pattamhe said. The allocation for the scheme is ₹1.50 crore for the coming year.

The Minister said action would be taken to increase cultivation of cashew in additional 500 hectares. Old, low yielding trees will be removed and high-yielding will be planted in new areas and special emphasis will be given to Panruti and adjoining areas.


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