Entrepreneur Chinnasamy earns Rs.5 lakhs in 9 months from selling tomatoes
SCIENTISTS AT the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, have developed a technology called precision farming, said to be a first of its kind in India.The technology is being presently implemented in several major areas of Tamil Nadu.
At present precision technology is implemented in about 200 hectares in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu. More than 100 farmers have been benefited by this project.
Under this farming concept, the University gives technical advice to farmers on soil and water conditions, weather mapping, forewarning of pest attacks and also supplies water soluble fertilizers to be applied along with drip irrigation.
Mr. P.M. Chinnasamy, is one such beneficiary farmer in Dharmapuri, who has harvested about 135 tonnes of tomato from his one hectare field in nine months using this technology.
The yield is almost triple that of the farmers growing tomato under the conventional system of planting.
The first harvest was done on the 65th day after planting. The fruits were uniform in size and the skin colour was deep red.
The fruits were sold at the rate of Rs.10-20 per kg. Mr. Chinnasamy, has earned a net income of about Rs. 5 lakhs from tomato cultivation in nine months.
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