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Cotton Corporation adopts Madurai village to raise output

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has adopted two villages in Tamil Nadu, including Sengampadi in Thirumangalam block of Madurai district, as part of corporate social responsibility initiatives to increase area under cotton cultivation and productivity.

Nergunam in Veerapandi block of Perambalur district is the other village. A total of 400 hectares would be chosen in each village, according to P.T. Pillewar, Deputy General Manager, CCI Coimbatore Branch.

Established in 1970 as a Government Company, the CCI is a public sector agency responsible for equitable distribution of cotton among the different constituents of the industry and aid imports of cotton.

In a statement, he said that ‘RCH 20 BG II BT' cotton would be cultivated in Nergunam while SVPR 2 cotton would be cultivated in Sengampadi. Non-governmental organisations have been roped in to implement this scheme.

A monitoring committee comprising the Joint Director of Agriculture or his nominee and senior Scientists from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) would be constituted. Experts from the Central Institute for Cotton Research, an institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research located in Nagpur, would also assist farmers in implementing modern packages to reduce costs.

Villages were being chosen on the basis of low cotton productivity so that the CCI could improve them using initiative and improved cultivation package. The village is selected keeping in view the long term programme of at least three years.

Mr. Pillewar informed that the first meet was held Sengampadi village of Madurai district on Saturday (October 9) to spread awareness among farmers. Officials from the Department of Agriculture, TNAU and NGOs took part.

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