Agricultural Engineering Department - Mandate
 
 
  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall be a Service Department and be responsible for the Conservation, Development and Management of the Natural resources (Soil and Water Resources) of the State.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up works relating to Soil and Water Conservation, Water Harvesting and proper land use in all Watershed Management, Area Development Dryland Development in the catchments of River Valley Projects, and in the other River catchments of Tamil Nadu.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up the work of assessing the status of the River basins in Tamil Nadu using Remote Sensing techniques.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up Soil Conservation works like Construction of check dams for water harvesting and arresting flash floods and irrigation in the Hill Areas in Eastern ghats for the benefit of tribal people.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up the construction of Percolation Ponds, Check Dams for Water Harvesting, Recharge of Ground Water, Controlling Soil Erosion, Preventing flash floods & reducing silt depositions, throughout the State.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall be incharge of all the Water Management Programmes in River Commands, Tank ayacuts and Well Commands.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up On Farm Development below the sluice in all River and Tank Command Area Development Programmes, Modernisation / Standardisation Programmes.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall evolve a Rotational Water Supply Plan for every sluice and introduce the same for adoption.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall form Farmers’ Irrigation Councils for every sluice; motivate the farmers through this council to maintain the system and manage the rotational water supply without any conflicts.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall hire out Rotary Drill, Percussion Drill, Mini Drill, Hand Boring Sets, Air Compressors, Rock Blasting Unit, Geo-Physical survey equipment to farmers and public in conformity with the Hiring rules for sinking Tubewells; Filter Point Tubewells; Boring inside wells and deepening of wells under Minor Irrigation for Ground water Development.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up the introduction of improved irrigation methods like Drip and Sprinkler for popularisation among farmers.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall maintain a fleet of Bulldozers and Tractors with matched implements Combined Harvesters, Paddy transplanters under custom hiring scheme and hire them to farmers for land levelling and carry out mechanised cultivation operations, to continuously demonstrate to farmers the advantage of using Agricultural implements and machinery.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall identify the Agricultural machinery, implements and hand tools suitable for different agroclimatic regions. Those implements brought out by the Tamilnadu Agricultural University shall be taken up for Adaptive Research Trials by the Agricultural Engineering Department and the results shall be fed back to Tamilnadu Agricultural University for perfection.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up popularisation of Post Harvest Technologies to farmers
    • prevent loss of foodgrains during harvest and storage
    • Preserve the quality of produce in respect of perishable commodities.
  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up Demonstration of “Small Farm Management technologies” in the zone of influence of percolation ponds. All improved crop production techniques through maximising the use of soil and water resources, and post harvest technology shall be demonstrated.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up the modernisation and On Farm Development works in the Irrigation Tanks owned by the Panchayat unions.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up the training of Farm youths to improve their knowledge, skill and attitude in improved agricultural practices like, Mechanisation, water management and processing etc.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall undertake the maintenance works in irrigation channels of all river commands and tank commands in close association with farmers, motivate them to take up the works and render technical guidance.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up drought relief works (employment generating works) like maintenance of tanks, Percolation ponds, creation of new farm ponds etc., and flood relief works assigned by Government at the time of Natural calamities.

  • The Agricultural Engineering Department shall take up dissemination of technologies on renewable energies, in particular, solar energy for agricultural activities in respect of pumping with solar powered pumps, drying farm produce for enhancement of quality to fetch reasonable market price.