More than 40 farmers participated in a training programme on “integrated crop management in hybrid vegetables” brought up by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in association with the Department of Horticulture, Government of Tamil Nadu in S. Papparapatti village in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu recently.
S. Selvamani, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Tamil Nadu, stressed on the importance of taking up hybrid vegetable cultivation, which is more profitable than many other crops.
Radhasundararajan, Assistant Director of Horticulture (in-charge), explained the topics to be covered in the training which included setting up of shade net nursery, developing vegetable seedlings in portray, drip irrigation system designing, maintenance, fertigation scheduling and integrated pest and diseases management techniques.
N. Kamalam, Agricultural Officer, highlighted the importance and scope of hybrids for sustainable production of vegetables for farmers’ income and nutritional security.
K. Rajendran, block technology manager, Veerapandi block, Salem explained organic farming in hybrid vegetable production.
A demonstration on sowing of vegetable seeds in prodray method formed part of the training programme.