A large number of peacocks were found dead under suspicious circumstances in the Anaikkaradu forest area at Kaveriammanpatti village, Dindigul, on Monday.

While villagers put the number of dead birds at “more than 50,” Forest Department officials claimed that only 15 were found dead. The dead birds were found near some mounds in the forest. Expressing shock over the development, villagers put the blame on farmers, who cultivated the land near these mounds, suggesting that they could have poisoned the birds to protect their crops.

DRDA Project Director holds special consultative meeting

Local bodies should achieve cent per cent in construction of rainwater harvesting structures and drainage water collection pits in every house to improve groundwater table and keep surroundings at villages clean. The panchayats should complete all development works that were undertaken during 2011-12 on or before July 31, 2012, said District Rural Development Agency Project Director P.R.K. Ramesh.

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will be helping 365 small, marginal and large farmers in Dindigul district to implement drip irrigation. The farmers would be provided subsidy from 75 to 100 per cent of the project cost under the NABARD Watershed Programme.

S. Natarajan, Deputy General Manager, NABARD Watersheds Unit in Madurai which covers eight southern districts, told The Hindu here on Thursday that this was part of a development plan prepared by the Village Watershed Committees with the guidance of CIRHEP

For letting out the effluents into the patta lands

Members of Athoor Pattadhar Sangam, a farmers' association in Athoor block demanded action against textile processing units functioning near the bank of Kudaganar River and Athoor Kamarajar dam, and letting out effluents into the patta lands.In a petition submitted to the Athoor Tahsildar here on Tuesday, they also insisted that the district administration must initiate action against these units and seize machineries.

Zero tilling and organic farming will not only eradicate the need for expensive fossil fuel machinery, synthetic fertilizers and crop chemicals but also increase yields substantially and make way for farmers to return to their natural state, said Foundation for Farming, (Zimbabwe) Director Brian Oderive.

He was inaugurating an international workshop on ‘climatic change in agriculture: Adaptation and mitigation strategies,' held at Gandhigram Rural Institute near here on Wednesday.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is studying the feasibility of widening the 268 km stretch of NH 209 (Dindigul to Coimbatore and Coimbatore to Karnataka border via Annur) into a fou

Kerala Irrigation Department engineers accompanied it

The Supreme Court-appointed Empowered Committee on Sunday inspected Tamil Nadu Hydel Power generation station at Lower camp and Vaigai dam as part of its inspection of Mullaperiyar dam here.

It is spread over eight years and costs Rs.686.28 crore

Thousands stage demonstration in Cumbum and Goodalur

Members belonging to various farmers' associations and the local people in Cumbum and Goodalur took out massive rallies and staged demonstrations on the Mullaperiyar dam issue here on Sunday. A total of 20,000 farmers thronged Goodalur town and staged a demonstration on Theni-Kumili highway demanding protection for the dam and increase in water level to 142 feet.

As part of popularising Conservation Agriculture (CA) technologies, Soil and Water Management Research Institute (SWMRI) of the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University here organised Direct Seeded Harves