‘Cultivate Small Millets Resistant To Drought’

By TheHindu on 22 Jun 2015 | read
Hardy variety:An officer of the Department of Agricultural Marketing displaying the small millets that can withstand drought conditions, in Salem on Friday.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM 

As the demand for small millets is on the rise, farmers in the district were asked to cultivate the crops and get benefited.

During the monthly agricultural grievance day meeting held at Collectorate here on Friday, Deputy Director of Agriculture (Agribusiness) D. Bharani said that more companies are coming out with healthy grain biscuits and related products.

The requirement for Kambu, Ragi, Cholam, Thinai, Varagu, Panivaragu is on the rise where as the demand is less.

These crops require less water and can be grown even if it rains once. Hence farmers instead of keeping their land idle, should cultivate these small millets, she added.

Since farmers are preparing for samba cultivation, R. Jegadambal, Scientist, Seed Science and Technology, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sandhiyur, asked them to go for CO (R) 48,49,50 varieties so that productivity could be 10 percent higher.

She also gave details about various new crops and asked farmers to contact the KVK for samples.

A few farmers said that the district needs more check dams and storage points, so that surplus water from Mettur Dam can be stored and used for agricultural purposes.

They also called for deepening and desilting of lakes and wells so that rain water is stored and ground water level gets improved.

A short film on millet promotion was screened for farmers.

Farmers were also informed that a State Level stake holder’s consultative meeting on banana is to be held in Erode on August 26 and interested farmers can attend it.

Collector K. Maharabushanam chaired the meeting. Officials from various departments participated.