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TN agri budget pushes for use of technology, to encourage agri-tech start-ups

Chennai,  The Tamil Nadu Agriculture Budget for 2022-23 lays emphasis on the use of technology like IoT, drones and remote sensing, besides envisaging a role for industries and other allied departments to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and enhancing employment opportunities in the farm sector.

Pushing for greater involvement of various departments to further improve the farm sector and make it viable, state Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister M R K Panneerselvam presented the Agriculture Budget for Rs 33,007.6852 crore in the Assembly on Saturday.

He announced that an industrial estate for agro products will be set up in Tiruvarur district by Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation (TANSIDCO) to ensure remunerative prices to farmers for their produce and also create employment opportunities.

Tamil Nadu Start-up and Innovation Mission (TANSIM), in partnership with Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department, will organise a special hackathon for agriculture-related technical problems to identify start-ups who can solve their problems. “Such agritech start-ups with commercially viable ideas will be funded with a grant of up to Rs 10 lakh,” he said.

Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO), with Central assistance, will be encouraged to start small agro-based enterprises, he added.

In order to overcome the shortage of labourers and to ensure precise application of required agricultural inputs in farmers’ field, drone infrastructure will be created in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and its constituent colleges, research institutes and Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Under the farm mechanisation – Kisan Drone scheme – 60 drones will be purchased at a cost of Rs 10.32 crore during 2022-23.

Awareness will be created in drone technology by imparting adequate training on the use of drones and demonstration will be conducted by TNAU in 14,400 hectares area, he said.