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Agri land in Tamil Nadu Decreased to 4.8 MH

25 July 2014

INDIA - Tamil Nadu state’s agriculture land has decreased in the last eight years to 4.8 million hectares, the state agriculture minister, S.S. Krishnamoorthy said at the 14th Agri Intex 2014 trade fair, organized at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore.

Speaking at the gathering at the fair, the minister said that it is a concerned that cultivable land has decreased and fallow land has increased.

In 2005-06 state cultivable land was 5.2 million hectares that has decreased and for the same period, the fallow land had increased from 759,000 hectares to 1.17 million hectares.

The minister also pointed out that for every 1,000 agriculture families in the country, only 44 tractors were available and this was one indicator of the demand and requirement gap.

With an aim to double area of cultivation and tripling the farmers’ income, state government has increased budgetary allocation to $963 million in the current fiscal year of 2014-15, as compared to $464 million budgeted during 2011-12.

The minister also announced value added tax exemption on farm implements, ensured adequate supply of di-ammonium phosphate fertilizer and arranged for disbursement of interest-free farm loans at the fair.

Due to many farmer-friendly measures there has been an increase in production of food grains to 11 million tonnes from 10.1 million tonnes. By the end of this year’s agriculture season, the production would touch the target of 14.5 million tonnes.

Baskaran Manimaran, vice chancellor of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University said that integrated farming which includes aqua farming can be taken up by farmers to boost their income.

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