Kisan Kalyan Karyashalas set up
Unveiling the seven-point strategy to achieve the goal, Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan inaugurated the Karyashala as part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, a village self-governance campaign.
Collector S. Natarajan and M. Gopalakrishnan, Joint secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, who is the Central nodal officer for the district, were present.
Similar Karyashalas were inaugurated in all the Taluk headquarters in the district to enlighten farmers on the multi-dimensional seven-point strategy to double their income by 2022.
The agriculture department has showcased the strategies in the Karyashalas for the benefit of farmers.
Aiming to achieve the goal, the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to focus on irrigation facilities, quality seeds and nutrients based on soil health, warehousing and cold chains, value addition, national farm market, new crop insurance and ancillary activities like poultry, bee-keeping and fisheries.
Addressing the function, Mr. Manikandan called upon the farmers to adapt innovative and new farming technologies and avail the benefits offered by both the Central and State governments.
Pointing out that farming in the district relied on successful monsoons, he said when farmers lost the crops in 2016-17, the district administration had secured them total crop insurance of Rs. 514.26 crore, the highest amount in the State.
Mr. Gopalakrishnan regretted that the number of farmers engaged in agriculture was on the decline. More people should get into farming, and the seven-point strategy was to double the income of the farmers, he said.
Thanks to electronic marketing system, farmers could sell their products for the best price in the world, he added.
In Sivaganga, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries Board G. Baskaran inaugurated the Karyashalas in the presence of Collector G. Latha and distributed welfare assistance to the farmers.