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Udhagamandalam: The Centenary Rose Park here will henceforth be known as Government Rose Garden.
This categorical assurance was given by the State Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugham when it was pointed out by The Hindu at an interaction with press persons here on Friday that the name was misleading and confusing because the park had come into being only fourteen years ago.
He felt that though the park had come to be called Centenary Rose Park since it was created to commemorate the centenary of the flower show at the Government Botanical Garden here, the name can be changed.
To another question, he said that if a suitable place was identified on the outskirts of the town the government would consider creating a garden which would relieve congestion in the Government Botanical Garden.
Thanks to the adoption of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) the area under paddy cultivation which was about 4.2 lakh hectares is expected to go up to 7.5 lakh hectares with in two years.
Since farm activities were being affected by a severe shortage of labour, the government was promoting mechanisation.
Sugarcane factories were already switching over to mechanical means.
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