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Botanical Garden, Insect Museum At Tnau To Get Facelift At 8 Crore | Coimbatore News

  • April 21, 2023
COIMBATORE: The botanical garden at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) would get a facelift at a cost of 5 crore, said agricultural minister M R K Panneerselvam in his budget speech.
He said the botanical garden was set up with the objectives of preserving rare plants and facilitating research in flower crops. “It will be revamped to protect and improve endangered plants, including different types of parks, and impart entrepreneurial training to students.”
Mughal garden, Japanese garden, rockery, topiary and branching palms are some of the attractions at the botanical garden. “The garden helps students learn about flowers and ornamental plants. Research scholars often spend hours here to collect insects and learn about plants,” Panneerselvam said.
The Insect Museum on TNAU campus would also be digitized to benefit farmers, students, researchers and the public, the minister said. “We will allot 3 crore for the development of museum infrastructure and digitization. It is imperative to understand the role of insects that cause health hazards to contain them.”
Panneerselvam said Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal and Pudukottai would be added to the millet zones announced in last agriculture budget to increase the area under cultivation and production of millets.
He also announced the plans to procure 56,000 tonnes of copra worth 640 crore in coordination with the national agricultural cooperative marketing federation at the minimum support price announced by the Union government. “Price support scheme is being implemented to protect farmers from the fall in price during harvest season. Under the scheme, 40,000 tonnes of copra worth 420 crore have been procured from 33,500 farmers in the past two years.”

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