TN has done well in agriculture notwithstanding the fact that monsoon has been bad and neighbouring states had not shared water, said Agriculture Minister R Doraikkannu at the 46thFoundation Day of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University recently.
launching the Second Green Revolution programme, the State Government had helped introduce four new paddy varieties in the past five years and the minor millet and pulses production cross 100 metric tonne mark and in 2014-15 the 130 metric tonne mark.
It was in recognition of those achievements that the Central Government had conferred the Krishi Karman award not once or twice but thrice in the recent past.
The government had also established centres of excellence for minor millets in Tiruvannamalai, for grapes in Theni, for food processing in Chettinad and recently started a horticulture college for women in Srirangam.
Doraikkannu also said that the government in the last academic year had established an agriculture college each in Tiruvannamalai, in Thanjavur and Kudumiyanmalai in Pudukottai districts. It had also given Rs 1,430 crore to the University in the last five years for research and development.
At the function, also held to celebrate the Open and Distance Learning Graduation Day, the Minister honoured the University’s faculty, scientists and researchers for their blemish-less service and contribution in introduction of new technology.
Vice-Chancellor K Ramasamy said that the government had introduced many schemes and one of those was to enhance farm learning through three new colleges and centres of excellence.