Cereals making slow comeback in Tamil Nadu

February 16, 2016 0 Comments

Tamil Nadu, Feb 8: With more farmers in the State opting for coarse cereals and the resultant increase in production, Tamil Nadu has been chosen for the Centre’s Krishi Karman award this year.

In 2014-15, the State produced a record 40.75 lakh tonnes of coarse cereals that include ragi, maize and the minor millets.

In 2010-11, the production was only 15.58 lakh tonnes, said an official in the Agriculture Department.

“Several factors, including an increase in area under production, introduction of high-yield varieties, integrated pest management and agronomic planting practices, have led to increase in production,” he noted.

Coarse cereals are short-duration crops which do not require much water for irrigation. Though activists and farmers are happy about the increase in production, they say much more needs to be done to take them to a larger population.