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Agriculture Equipment Centre inaugurated

Special Correspondent

It will provide scientific inputs to farmers in the region

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New facility: Salem Collector J. Chandrakumar (fourth left) inspecting farm equipment at the Agriculture Equipment Service Centre at Kadayampatti in Salem district, recently. —

SALEM: To mitigate the labour problem and to expedite the mechanization in farm works, the Department of Co-operative through its Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies has started establishing 100 Agriculture Equipment and Services Centres all over the State.

The first such centre in the State was opened at Kadayampatti village in Omalur block in Salem district, which suffers from acute farm labour shortage.

Collector J. Chandrakumar inaugurated the centre attached to The Kadayampatti Primary Agricultural Co-operative Society recently at a simple function.

These centres would provide services ranging from renting farm machinery to providing scientific inputs to farmers.

They also would provide technological know-how in areas such as rice intensification scheme, precision farming, drip irrigation etc.

As the farmers, particularly the small and tiny ones, individually, could not afford to buy costly equipment, the centre would extend all assistance to the farmers.

Besides scientific inputs for farming such as soil testing and marketing, the centre would rent out costly machinery such as Twine cultivator, disc plough, power weeders, thrashers, and tractors on low tariffs to farmers. The farmers also would be allotted the equipment on rotational basis.

Collector Chandrakumar said that Agri Clinic also would be opened at the centre for the benefit of farmers.

Better yield

“Farmers must utilize these opportunities for better yield,” he urged.

Joint Registrar of Co-operatives K. C. Ravichandran said that such centres would ensure sweeping mechanization in agriculture to save the farming and farm community from labour shortage.

Special Officer V. M. Ravichandran, General Manager K. Ramasamy, Joint Director of Agriculture S. Karunanidhi and Nabard AGM P. Manimeghalai and others also spoke on the importance of the centre and the benefits for farmers in the region.

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