Chennai, Nov 14: 'Agriculture productivity improvement' project of the National Agro Foundation and the State Bank of India was launched at the NAF R&D Centre in Taramani to help the small farmers in Kancheepuram on Thursday, Nov 13. The bank donated Rs 9.95 lakh to the Foundation towards purchase of various farm machinery and equipment for implementation of the project, which would benefit several small and marginal farms. "The support of the bank will help us to pursue our dream of a second green revolution, for which the Foundation was set up," managing trustee of NAF S S Rajsekar said.
The project aims at helping small and marginal farmers in the Kancheepuram district. "We want to take up 300 farmers in this one district and hope that they become a model for the whole country," Rajsekar said.
Chief General Manager of SBI, Chennai, J. Chandrasekaran handed over the donation made by the Bank's Community Services Banking Department to trustee of NAF M.R. Sivaraman. Besides purchasing the machinery and equipment, the money would be used for training the farmers and soil testing.
"Giving money alone is not the answer. Education for the small farmers is important, but many institutions have become purely academic," Mr. Chandrasekaran said, underscoring the need to train the farmers.