Theni, Tamil Nadu, Apr 19 (UNI) Making yet another poll promise, AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced her government, if voted to power, would provide employment opportunities to two lakh youth by setting up agro-based industries at panchayat and taluk levels in the state.
Continuing her electioneering at Allinagaram here, she said as the concepts of bio-fertiliser, bio-pesticide and organic farming had gained prominence in the backdrop of rapid environmental pollution, her government would draw plans to make Tamil Nadu a 'hub of organic farming' at the global level.
''Just as the state has been made a 'software hub,' steps will be taken to make it a 'hub for organic farming,' she said.
Against the state's total requirement of 30,000 metric tonne of bio-fertiliser, only 1,500 MT was being produced every year and about 80 per cent of the requirement was yet to be met, she said.
Stating there was a heavy demand at the global level for food products produced through organic farming, Ms Jayalalithaa announced industries would be set up at panchayat and taluk levels in the state to produce bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides.
About two lakh employment opportunities would be created and one person each from a jobless family, particularly youth and women, would be offered jobs, she said.
She said schemes would also be implemented to cater to the requirement of 20 to 25 lakh of human resources at the international level by providing training to youth in organic farming.
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