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A helping hand:Collector G. Prakash distributing mini power weeder to a farmer in Tuticorin on Monday.
Tuticorin: To promote mechanisation and popularise technological advancements in agriculture, Collector G. Prakash gave away farm implements such as power tillers, power weeders and a multi-crop thresher to farmers here on Monday.
Lauding the initiative of Agricultural Engineering Department in the interest of progressive farmers, he stated that it would certainly meet out the shortage of agricultural labourers. The farm implements were distributed under National Agriculture Development Programme. Farmers from Ottapidaram taluk, Kovilpatti and Srivaikuntam received the implements.
The government had fixed a target for extending farm implements numbering 62 to farmers at a subsidy of Rs. 45.75 lakh in 2010 – 11 for Tuticorin district. In the first phase, implements such as power tiller, power weeder and a multi-crop thresher were given to 14 farmers at a subsidised rate of Rs. 5,33,250.
Meanwhile, Mr. Prakash enquired with the farmers about the productivity of crops conducive to their soil. A technician explained the methods of handling the machinery to the farmers.
With the help of these implements, all crops especially maize and vegetables could be weeded within a short span of time. One litre of petrol was required for an hour and for an acre of land 3-4 litres of petrol was sufficient. Productivity could be achieved in a cost effective manner and the farmers would not have to depend on labourers.
To achieve a four per cent annual growth in the agriculture sector during the XI plan by ensuring a holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors, the State government was providing 40-50 per cent subsidy for purchasing agricultural machineries. The gender-friendly implements could be procured at 50 per cent subsidy, he added.
The interested farmers could approach the Assistant Executive Engineer of Agricultural Engineering at Tuticorin and Executive Engineers of Tiruchendur and Kovilpatti at their offices for availing these benefits. S. Balachandran, Executive Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Department, K. Amuthan, Assistant Executive Engineer, Tuticorin, R. Sundar, Assistant Executive Engineer for Tiruchenudr and Kovilpatti, K. Balasingh, Agriculture Officer, Department of Agriculture and A. Dhanasingh David, Personal Assistant to Collector (Agriculture), were present.
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