Although we are going GaGa about the technology sector in India, farming is still the backbone of the economy. The farmers in Trichy are adept in growing bananas and Mangoes for a long time but now they are getting trained in changing their practices in such a way to produce mangoes and bananas using European Good Agricultural Practices (EurepGAP). This will pave the way to produce the fruits to export to US and Europe.
Talking to the media on the sidelines of a day-long seminar on ‘EurepGAP standards for mangoes’, organised jointly by the FICCI and the Directorate of Marketing and Agri Business here on Monday, he said that though farmers cultivated quality fibre-free mango varieties including the ‘Imampasanthu,’ and a wide range of bananas, their earnings were inadequate.
Young graduates from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University would be posted at each farm to guide the farmers on cultivation practices, fair utilisation of irrigation water and crop protection methods as per EurepGAP norms.
Hopefully the academic knowledge gets transferred to the farmers and the practical knowledge to the students.