Tiruchirapalli, Nov 18: The Agriculture Expert Committee headed by former Vice-Chancllor of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University S Kannaiyan, will submit its report to the State Government by December.
Comittee Chairman Kannaiyan, addressing a press conference soon after the fifth sitting of the panel here yesterday, said the government had constituted the seven-member committee to evolve a strategy to improve agricultural productivity through maximum utilisation of technology.
The committee would assess the efficacy of technology transfer and extension services, pinpoint the drawbacks in the implementation of various schemes and identify the difficulties faced by farmers and officials in achieving the goals, he said.
Stating that the committee would recommend simplification of norms for crop insurance scheme, he said several farmers, who were affected by floods had said that the norms were not farmer-friendly.
Simplified norms for crop cutting experiment and indemnity payment would be one of the major recommendations.
It would also recommend more farm credit, commensurate with cultivation cost, augmentation of irrigational infrastructure by desilting tanks, creation of farm ponds and construction of checkdams and mechanisation of agriculture in the wake of scarcity of labourers, he added.
To a question, he said creating cold storage units would be given priority to protect the interest of horticulturists and training programmes through the Krishi Vigyan Kendras would be toned up for the benefit of more farmers.
To ensure inter-departmental coordination for more efficient implementation of farmer-oriented schemes, the committee was planning to recommend constitution of a district-level body, comprising farm scientists, officials and farmers' representatives.
"It will not be a monitoring committee," he added.
The committee heard the views of officials of the agriculture, horticulture, agricultural engineering departments, scientists of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, and farmers of the central districts of the state.