Green manures improve soil fertility and enhance farm productivity, said Sandeep Saxena, Principal Secretary and Agricultural Production Commissioner, at Perugavazhndan village in Tiruvarur district on Tuesday.
Speaking at a function to create awareness of green manures, Mr. Saxena said that Cauvery delta districts accounted for 45 per cent of the State’s food production. Of this, 25 per cent came from Tiruvarur. Hence, farmers of the district should know the best cultivation practices. Use of green manures and traditional cultivation practices are the only way for sustainable agriculture, Mr. Saxena said.
He released a pamphlet brought out by KVK Needamangalam on green manures and producing value-added farm products. He distributed seeds of a green manure, Kolinji , to farmers.
The farmers were shown the cultivation of the manure by S. Ranganathan, secretary of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association and member of the Research Committee of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, at his farm at Perugavazhndan.
M. Rajendran, Director of Agriculture, said that Uzhavar Peruvizhas were organised from April 14 to May 20 in all the villages in Tiruvarur district to take agriculture technology and modern cultivation practices to farmers. He invited farmers of the district to take up oil palm cultivation. Now palm oil is being imported from countries like Malaysia and farmers can get 6,000 kg of palm oil from one acre of palm crop, he said.
Farmers can take up the cultivation of minor millets such as thinai,cumbu, and ragi . The cultivation of minor millets in the State had come down from 45 lakh hectares in 1980 to 15 lakh hectares today, he said.
Collector S. Natarajan said that priority was given for integrated farming and raising alternate crops such as bamboo in Tiruvarur district to improve farmers’ income.Special Correspondent