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INDIAN FARMER GETS HIGH YIELD IN TOMATO CULTIVATION, USING GREEN HOUSE TECHNOLOGY. (TAPE NO. 09/ 7868 DV)

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NATURAL WITH TAMIL AND ENGLISH SPEECH DURATION: 2:27 SOURCE: ANI TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS: NONE Indian farmer gets high yield of tomatoes, using green house technology. An Indian farmer reaps rich dividends by growing tomatoes, using greenhouse technology in southern Tamil Nadu state. SHOWS: COIMBATORE, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (NOVEMBER 20, 2009) (ANI-ACCESS ALL) 1. TOMATO FARM 2. EXTERIOR OF THE GREEN HOUSE 3. TOMATOES GROWING ON PLANT 4. FARMERS WORKING IN THE FARM 5. A TOMATO PLANT 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) VIVEKANANDAN, TOMATO FARMER, SAYING: "We are engaged in agriculture for the past 30 years and we do tomato cultivation in open field. We do get a yield of 25-30 tonnes per acre of land, but recently we came to know about the green house technology and we tried this system in a minimum level. Just in quarter acre of land. Now with this technology, we have got a yield of 25 tonnes in just 25 cents (quarter- acre) of land. Moreover, now I am also planning to extend this system to my other areas of land." 7. TOMATOES GROWING ON PLANT 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRABHU SHANKAR, GREEN HOUSE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT, SAYING: "In Green House Technology we are engrossing favourable climatic conditions that is temperature, pressure, humidity and balancing. These things we are trying to manage and control. The top metabolic activity is full-fledged. Growth increases manifold and yield is also likewise". 9. TOMATOES KEPT IN A BASKET STORY: Green house technology is getting popular among the farmers in India's southern Tamil Nadu state. A farmer has reaped rich dividends by growing tomatoes with this technology, in Coimbatore region of the state. The yield was four times more in comparison with open field cultivation. He now wants to extend this technology to other areas of his farmland. "We are engaged in agriculture for the past 30 years and we do tomato cultivation in open field. We do get a yield of 25-30 tonnes per acre of land, but recently we came to know about the green house technology and we tried this system in a minimum level. Just in quarter acre of land. Now with this technology, we have got a yield of 25 tonnes in just 25 cents of land. Moreover, now I am also planning to extend this system to my other areas of land," said Vivekanandan, tomato farmer. The farmers are growing various crops like capsicum, chilli, tomatoes, onion, and other vegetables by using this technique. Green house technology is a process of creating a protected environment for cultivation. "In green house technology we are engrossing favourable climatic conditions that is temperature, pressure, humidity and balancing. These things we are trying to manage and control. The top metabolic activity is full-fledged. Growth increases manifold and yield is also likewise," said Prabhu Shankar, a Green House technology consultant. India occupies second position in the world with respect to area under tomato cultivation but ranks fifth in terms of production.

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