So far three programmes have been completed
1) Naya Thirupathi, Chitravadi Village, Maduranthakam Taluk, Chengalpattu District, Tamilnadu – February 19, 2021 – 125 farmers.
2) Perumaleri Village, Chengalpattu District, Tamilnadu – February 28, 2021 – 250 farmers
3) Arakkambakkam Village, Thiruvallur District, Tamilnadu – March 13, 2021 – 250 farmers
Farmers Interaction Cum Awareness Programme
A field level programme to bring farmers to discuss the best practices followed by them and get to know the recent developments in agriculture and associated areas.
The COVID19 crisis has affected all walks of life including agriculture. All the world Governments have been working on protecting the lives of people suffering from the disease. India though declared a nation-wide lockdown in the initial phase, the government has declared the agricultural activities related to production and marketing as deemed “essential services” and allowed the movement of agricultural goods. Despite such measures, the intermittent lockdowns had paralyzed many operations revolving around agriculture. During this period, the agriculture ecosystem also witnessed lot of changes including the agricultural operations to post harvesting processes to marketing, storage, and many other operations. Interestingly, this year, the climate played a wonderful role in helping the agriculturists of one pocket and played spoilsport in some other areas. Now the country is beginning to open-up again with increased activities.
While agriculturists are greying and agriculture is taking a different shape for many years, the reverse migration happened due to COVID-19 has led to increase in the number of unemployed youths in the villages.
While the Government has been announcing many measures to promote Atmanirbhar Bharat and revive the rural economy, there are also changes in the way agriculture is seen by the community that departed from agricultural and into different professions now. Several start-ups are coming up with lot of ideas including but not limited to AI, IoT, small machinery for pre, cropping and post-harvest operations, seeds and seedlings production, sales and marketing, alternative testing methods, transportation, storage, logistics, financing and e-commerce, crop production and protection measures and inputs using alternative and advanced concepts to help the farming community. Several sub sectors of Agriculture viz. floriculture, vegetables, dairy, fisheries, poultry, goatery, backyard chicken coops are also changing due to technology and involvement of younger generation with higher education.
Efforts to take all those stakeholders working for agricultural improvement and revival will go a long way. The stake holders include Government, Financing And Refinancing Institutions, Lead Banks, Insurance Agencies, Small Farm Machinery manufacturers to reduce drudgery and obviate the scarcity of farm labour, agricultural input services including seeds and fertilizers, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), self-help groups, agricultural product procurement and marketing organizations, research and innovation, policy developments etc.
Hence, to increase the knowledge and create awareness on these developments, a series of meetings to take them to the doorsteps is being organized. A first programme of its kind has been planned on February 19, 2021 at Chitravadi, Maduranthakam Taluk, Chengalpattu District, Tamilnadu. The place is maintained by Dr. Perumal, Former Director, TNAU, Coiombatore. This Cluster Centre will function as a hub for the farmers to visit and interact with experts often and get clarified on their doubts.
The interaction meeting will also be used as a capacity building programme to bring all those interested to interact continuously even after the meeting. All latest developments will be taken to them based on requirement basis through various channels. Especially, unemployed youth and women will get attention with specialized training, programme, information on managing groups, marketing, value addition, alternative cropping patterns, Agri and Agri associated enterprises as part of providing livelihood as well as an attempt to quadruple their income.
- Soil quality and conservation
- Water conservation and Opportunities
- Climate Resilient Agricultural Operations
- Government Supported Programmes
- Agricultural Financing
- Crop Protection
- Insect and Pest Management
- Farmers experience sharing
- Marketing of Agricultural Products
Visit and discuss with experts / Startups on
- Solar lighting / water lifting/ drying
- Alternatiave irrigation methods / Water Budgeting
- Finance and insurance options
- Agriculture and related areas
- Seed varieties – Traditional, improved
- Energy Conservation