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Wasteland development centre near Tuticorin

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MADURAI: An Advanced Centre for Wasteland Development is to be set up at the Agriculture College and Research Institute (AC&RI) at Killikulam, near Tuticorin.

According to the Tamilnadu Agriculture University, Vice-Chancellor, Mr C. Ramasamy, the centre would function as a nodal agency for wasteland development, training farmers in the surrounding areas in raising drought-resistant plant varieties.

The Vice-Chancellor, who inaugurated the System Rice Intensification (SRI) Field Day celebrations at AC&RI recently, said the university has been taking efforts to make agriculture industry lucrative through creating an awareness among farmers to go for crops that enjoyed great demand, like maize whose production in the State is only around two lakh tonnes, while the demand has been hovering around 10 lakh tonnes a year in the State. Contract farming in cotton has been growing owing to the demand from textile industries, he observed.

Further, he said that hi-tech communication systems in agriculture is gaining popularity. Five villages in Madurai district and 10 villages in Coimbatore district have been inter-linked with tele-conferencing to enable farmers contact experts in the university to get their doubts clarified and seek suggestions. The university, through a toll-free number 5511 is offering help over telephone to farmers.

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