TN Agri Dept to raise organic farm clusters

The Tamil Nadu Agriculture Department has proposed to raise 100% organic farm clusters in three villages in the district to create awareness among the farmers about organic farming and organic certification process.

Giving details of the scheme at a programme organised here recently, S. S. Shaiek Abdullah, Assistant Director of seed certification, said the clusters would come up in 50 acres each in Peraiyur in Kamuthi, Muthuvijayapuram in Mudukulathur and Mummudisathan in Nainarkoil blocks. Five farmers have come forward to raise organic crops by following the stipulated procedures and under the direct supervision of the department officials, he said adding the farmers were given the option of selecting the crops. Officials after periodically inspecting the farms and checking the records would issue organic certificates to the farmers, he added. These farmers were among the 40 farmers who participated in the awareness programme, organised by the Agriculture Technology Marketing Agency (ATMA) in coordination with the Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department at DARE (Dharani Agro Research and Rural Empowerment) Foundations organic farm at Ettivayal, near here.