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Mini agricultural business centre to be opened soon

Staff Reporter

It will cater to 60 villages surrounding Moongilpudur

Photo: N. Bashkaran

For increasing yield: S. Nagarajan, Collector in-charge (right), handing over a sprayer to a woman farmer at a function at Moongilpudur village near Krishnagiri on Thursday. —

KRISHNAGIRI: A mini agricultural business centre will be opened at Moongilpudur, a village 10 km from Krishnagiri in Royakottai road soon, said S. Rajan, Deputy Director Agriculture Business.

According to Mr. Rajan, a proposal regarding this has been sent to the higher officials for approval. “Once we receive the approval, the business centre will be opened. It will cater to 60 surrounding villages and about 2,000 farmers will be benefited.”

In addition, an agriculture information centre is in the pipeline. Farmers can use this facility to know the market rate of their products and the latest technologies to get maximum yield from their fields. The centre will be provided with sufficient mini-door vans for transporting agricultural produce from the field to the place of marketing, he added.

Opening of a separate primary co-operative bank at Moongilpudur villagers will soon become a reality. The authorities are taking necessary action in this regard, Mr. Rajan added.

Earlier, Mr. S. Nagarajan, Collector in charge, inaugurated a fertilizer shop in the village. The shop was set up by Bellarampatti Primary Agricultural Co-operative Bank.

Mr. Nagarajan asked the farmers to use the fertilizer stock at the shop judiciously. The district administration is ready to consider the genuine needs of the farmers and requested them to approach the Agriculture Department officials to know about modern technology in farming sector.

Mr. Nagarajan also distributed a sprayer costing Rs. 1,350 to a member of the agriculture interest group at the function.

According to C. Pachaiappan, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Rs. 6 lakh has been allotted for supplying 400 sprayers to the farmers. For purchasing the sprayers, the government is extending Rs. 1,200 as subsidy and the balance Rs. 338 is collected from the beneficiary, he said.

Later, Mr. Nagarajan inspected the Malaisandhu Dam constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.50 lakh and instructed the officials of the Agriculture Engineering Department to construct the dam bund for about 250 metres length using the rock stone available nearby.

Women self-help group members complained to Mr. Nagarajan that a bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 49.76 lakh on Thanapatti-Moongilpudur road has become weak.

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