COIMBATORE: Agricultural scientists should focus on reseach to create a second green revolution and achieving the target of doubling paddy cultivation and tripling pulses production, said agriculture secretary Rajesh Lakhoni. He was in Coimbatore to take part in the foundation day and open distance learning graduation day held at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU).
Agricultural development programmes initiated by the government have helped the farmers to increase productivity. The government has started four colleges including the Horticultural College for Women in Trichy and three other Agricultural Colleges in Pudukottai, Thanjavur and Thiruvannamalai to cater the needs of farming community, said S.P. Velumani, minister for municipal administration and rural development.
Dr K. Ramasamy, vice-chancellor of TNAU said 2,800 farm graduates passed out of the University every year. Briefing about the B.F. (Tech) course, Dr P. Santhy, director, open and distance learning, TNAU said that 1,250 graduates are pursuing the course and 155 farmers have passed the course.
The course is meant to transform farmers into scientific farmers and entrepreneurs. It is a six- semester programmed with 120 practical classes....
Location: Tamil Nadu