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Information centres in market yards

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, FEB. 25 . As part of the modernisation process under the Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC), Farmers' Information Centres (FIC) have been planned to be set up in 100 cotton market yards by April, the Advisor, Mini Mission III and IV, Technology Mission on Cotton, M.B. Lal, has said.

The FICs would provide information on international cotton prices, prevailing market yard prices and inputs on seeds, fertilisers and guidance on farm operations. Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday at the All India Cotton Trade Associations' Conference, Mr. Lal said that the software for these centres had been developed at Rs. 2 crores. Mr. Lal said that Mini Mission III was aimed at developing market infrastructure and Mini Mission IV towards modernisation and upgradation of ginning and pressing factories. Under these two Mini Missions, 111 cotton market yards would be improved and 500 ginning and pressing units modernised during the IX and X plan periods.

He said the TMC had sent a proposal to the Planning Commission, seeking an additional allocation of Rs. 100 crores so that more ginning, pressing units and market yards could be covered under Mini Missions III and IV.

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