Express news service
KRISHNAGIRI: No less than 68 panchayats of Krishnagiri district have been identified for the implementation of the integrated agricultural development project of all villages of Kalaignar (KAVI ADP). As part of the project, a model panchayat will be created in each islet of the district and various devices will be implemented there for the development of farmers.
Mr. Rajendran, co-director of agriculture, told TNIE: “There are more than 13 departments, including agriculture, horticulture, agricultural engineering, animal husbandry, sericulture, fisheries, the council of electricity, rural development, forestry department, public works, cooperation, seed certification and others involved in the project. They will jointly implement the programs in the selected panchayats.
Across the state, 2,500 village panchayats have been identified for the project. Of which 68 are from Krishnagiri district. Among the 10 blocks in Krishnagiri district, the project will be implemented in six panchayats each in Krishnagiri and Kaveripattinam blocks, and seven panchayats each in the other eight blocks, Rajendran said.
“For the first year, the project will be implemented in 68 panchayats in the district and the number will increase every year. After five years, all 333 panchayats in the district will have been covered by the project. This will benefit many farmers by offering them various agriculture related programs, ”he said.
In the 68 selected panchayats, 100 clusters will be formed, each panchayat having one or two clusters. A cluster will have at least eight farmers among its members. Two types of clusters will be formed: one with farmers who cumulatively own 5-10 acres of land and another with those who cumulatively own 10-35 acres.
The co-director said that the said hierarchical departments would reach out to the clusters and explain to them the different programs offered by them. For example, if a cluster suffers from water shortage and needs boreholes for agricultural activities, the agricultural engineering department will dig a new borehole for them.
Quality and certified seeds and drip irrigation will also be provided to cluster farmers. Apart from this, farmers can benefit from various other schemes. The development of farmers in this particular region will be a model for other farmers, and subsequently, more farmers will know about and benefit from the various programs offered.