Tamil Nadu offers online training to farmers on modern agricultural technologies


Dharmapuri District online training sessions posted on YouTube and Spotify

Farmers are now trained in improving farming technologies through the digital farming mode. The Agricultural Technology Management Institution (ATMA), an agency of the state agricultural department, serves as the nodal agency to provide online training to farmers.

Dharmapuri district online training sessions are posted on YouTube and Spotify, updating farmers on new films on agricultural techniques and technologies being launched in the agricultural sector.

Dharmapuri district agriculture department officials told a media outlet that the agency aims for sustainable agricultural growth by teaching farmers the latest technologies as well as cultivation practices and advice.

ATMA has recruited researchers and resource staff in the district, and farmers in the eight blocks are being trained. New technologies emerging in the agricultural sector are discussed through YouTube videos, and live demonstrations are offered by ATMA researchers and resource experts.

The major goal of bringing the show onto an internet platform is to ensure that it reaches a wider audience.

Seasoned farmers, agricultural scientists and specialists with expertise in the field are among the resource persons recruited by ATMA to relay information to farmers.

According to an ATMA official, if farmers don’t grab the content the first time they see it on YouTube or Spotify, they will be allowed to watch it again and again.

According to ATMA resource staff, farmers are delighted when the films are posted online as the frequent viewings give them a better understanding of current farming practices.

Farmers expressed satisfaction with the online training programs, citing difficulties in attending the sessions in person. Farmers have benefited greatly from the pest eradication advice provided by the online training programs.

Karuppuswamy R., a farmer from the 6th block of Dharmapuri district, told a news agency: “Previously, the agriculture department used to organize fitness classes, but due to time constraints, we could not attend it.

Now the online courses are very beneficial and we are learning key techniques to eliminate the pests that are causing difficulties in our area. He said the pest control tips provided were invaluable and one can always watch the movies posted on YouTube to successfully execute the tips in farmland.

First Published: July 16, 2022, 04:30 IST


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