November 23rd, 2011
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Another ‘Green Revolution’ for Tamilnadu

irrigationChennai: Setting the stage for a ‘green revolution’ in the State, Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has ordered 100 per cent subsidy to small and tiny farmers going for micro irrigation and 75 per cent for other farmers who opt for the scheme. An official press statement here said the Chief Minister has resolved to conserve water and to manage it effectively and also to expand the micro irrigation scheme to all parts of the State.

The government has decided to triple the income of farmers in the next five years and for that, it believes that micro irrigation scheme would be an effective measure. The statement said: ‘Tiny farms can get subsidy for up to 2.5 acre land and small farmers can get subsidy for five acres. Those who are pursuing agriculture by getting the land through lease can also apply for the benefit.’

The official release said that farmers can select companies providing micro irrigation equipment on their own but the firms should have the authorisation of Tamilnadu Horticulture Development Agency (TANHODA).’The micro irrigation system should be maintained for at least three years and an agreement in this regard should be reached between farmers, the company concerned and those who are executing the scheme,’ the release said.

‘Later, a service card will be introduced to farmers to know the grievances, if any, on the scheme. Training will also be provided to farmers to implement the scheme effectively. They will also be given a hand guide,’ the release added, expressing hope that the initiative launched by the Chief Minister would pave way for growth in agriculture, besides bringing wealth to farmers all over Tamilnadu.

Jayalalithaa, while speaking at the two-day conference of Collectors and police officers at the Secretariat last week, said that despite the implementation of several programmes and spending crores of rupees on the agriculture sector, the income level of farmers has not registered any perceptible improvement.

‘The GDP contribution of the agriculture sector is still low, compared to the percentage of population depending on agriculture. Therefore, my government accords the highest priority to the primary sector,’ she said.



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