Tamil Nadu Making Farmers Entrepreneurs in Farm Production Activities.
Chennai: Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, K Pandiarajan said, “Tamilnadu government is committed to improving the economic independence of farmers by making them entrepreneurs in farm production activities." He said this at the inauguration of 6th edition of AgriCon 2018 Conference on Precision Agriculture Technologies. A press note said the event was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
“State would have 5000 enterprises, each consisting of 15 members, for the ultimate creation of 75,000 entrepreneurs who would contribute to the significant growth of the farm industry. Tamilnadu would be conducting a two-day session for farmers to get themselves acquainted with the current technology in farm production besides making them the engines of growth in one way or the other,” he said.
Pandiarajan further added that in line with Vision 2023 document which carried with it an agenda to make the farmers as part of the second green revolution in the state and the country, Tamilnadu would soon overtake Maharashtra and Gujarat in farm production.
In the press note, harping on the idea of doubling farm productivity and tripling the income of farmers, Everything would be possible only if the farmers were involved actively in making the concept of breeding the culture of entrepreneurship a reality, the Minister said.
The Minister said, “Tamilnadu will be a pioneer in adopting the latest technology in agriculture.” He added that the State would not hesitate in extending funds on farm-related research activities, besides partnering with an industry body like the CII in terms of domain building in agriculture sector.
In the release he added that the State has created 350 centres where farm machines can be easily hired by the farming community. “Indian farm sector can become more efficient and market driven by adopting innovative models to improve productivity and boost the income of farmers,” said S Chandramohan, CII Tamilnadu vice-chairman and TAFE, president and group CFO.
Aachi Group of Companies, chairman and MD, A Padmasingh Isaac said that food processing industry has enormous job opportunities and Tamilnadu can easily become the food factory of the world what with its expertise in new farm technology and marketing enterprise.
MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, director, Nancy J Anabel, narrated the use of communication technology to help the farmers across the spectrum on various farm-related activities in relation to precision agriculture.