Namakkal, 30 July, 2011
Dr.S.Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR initiated activities under the National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) at KVK, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu in the presence of Member of Legislative Assembly, District Collector, Vice Chancellors of TANUVAS and TNAU, Deputy Director General (Agrl.Eng.), ICAR, President, Vadavathur Panchayat, and Zonal Project Director Zone VIII.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Ayyappan highlighted the importance of water conservation and adoption of new technologies for improving the productivity of Agriculture and the profitability of the farmers through the group approach. During the launching ceremony various technological interventions were inaugurated at Vadavathur village which, besides facilities, included technological inputs for drought resilient programmes.
Dr. Ayyappan also inaugurated the Soil and Water Testing Laboratory, Portable Carp Hatchery unit for fish seed production, Homestead Egg incubator, Low cost mushroom unit and a five cow mechanized Dairy farm. The dignitaries distributed Acerophagus papaya parasitoid to control mealy bug in Tapioca to 340 farmers. Around 700 farmers participated in the interaction meet with the Director General, ICAR and other dignitaries.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from Zonal Project Directorate –Zone VIII)