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Agricultural officials told to produce documentaries on SRI cultivation

Staff Reporter

The short film/documentary would be screened to the public and in schools

— Photo: Special Arrangement

Seetharam Gurumurthy (centre), Member-Secretary, State Planning Commission inspecting the Jerpa flower cultivation under the precision farming in Chinnabela Kondapalli village in Hosur Panchayat Union on Thursday. Collector V.K. Shanmugam (left) and Additional Collector (Development) K. Luxmi Priya (right) is also in the picture.

KRISHNAGIRI: Officials of the agriculture department have been instructed to produce short film/documentary on cultivation of paddy under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method and its success stories in the State with inputs from the beneficiaries.

The short film/documentary would be screened to the public and in schools.

Inspecting the paddy fields cultivated under the SRI method at S. Mudhuganapalli village in Kelemangalam Panchayat union on Thursday, Seetharam Gurumurthy, Tamilnadu Planning Committee Member and retired IAS officer, gave this direction to the officials of the agriculture department.

Mr. Gurumurthy also inspected the Jerpa flower and Capsicum cultivation through precision farming under the greenhouse scheme in Chinnabela Kondapalli village in Hosur Panchayat Union under the National Agriculture Development Programme.

He interacted with farmers and asked about the benefits of precision farming.

Mr. Gurumurthy gave away agricultural equipment to the Women SHGs undertaking farming activities.

Inspection

He also inspected the desilting of lakes under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGAMT) at Thavakarai, Kandaganapalli, Pithireddy, Alubali and A. Kothapalli villages and repairing of A. Kothapalli canal and laying of road between Kandaganapalli and Mallasenai in Kelamangalam Panchayat Union.

Plant saplings

Inspecting the construction sites of rural libraries under AGAMT scheme in Kandaganapalli, Poonapalli, Biramangalam, Mr. Gurumurthy directed the officials to plant saplings around the library buildings.

District Collector V.K. Shanmugam, Additional Collector (Development) K. Luxmi Priya, Assistant Director (Agriculture) N. Nagarajan, Assistant Director (Horticulture) P. Kaliappan, Engineer J. Maruthi, among others accompanied Mr. Seetharam Gurumurthy.

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