Friday, October 19, 2012

India: Tamil Nadu government to set up 28 community radio stations

Aiming to provide vital information to the farmers in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to set up 28 community radio stations at a cost of Rs 14 crore. 

The announcement was made today by Agriculture Minister S Damodaran while inaugurating the Farm School of All India Radio on Nutritious Millets in Chennai. 

The government also has plans to recruit 504 Agricultural Officers and 417 Assistant Agricultural officers offering additional help to the farmers along with providing information to them. 

All India Radio will commence broadcast of the 30 minute course on nutritious millets for 13 weeks from 1 November at 7:30pm.

Damodaran stated that it was important to adapt to integrated farming, and growing millets in addition to rice and other crops was equally important for the country and to increase the farmers’ income. The farmers thus need to use media to learn about the latest farm technologies. 

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University vice-chancellor Dr K Ramasamy said, “Since India would become the capital of diabetes by 2025, it was important to produce more millet.” 

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