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Yercaud Kurinchi Garden in 4 months

The Kurinchi Genetic Garden coming up at Yercaud in Salem district will be ready in four months. Chief minister M Karunanidhi unveiled the foundation stone for the garden through video conferencing from Chennai on Sunday.

The garden is part of a Rs 32 crore project to set up five genetic garden across the state, representing the five different eco-systems described in the Tamil Sangam literature.

According to Sangam literature, the state has five categories of habitat hills (kurinji), forest (mullai), plains (marudham), coastal area (neythal) and desert (palai). The Kurinji garden is being laid in a 78-acre area near the Deer Park in the hill retreat of Yercaud at a cost of Rs eight crore. Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in Chennai had drawn up a list of zone-specific animals including the cattle, goats and sheep, which will reside in the gardens. Tamil Nadu Agriculture University in Coimbatore has been entrusted with the job of finding and raising the plants described in Sangam literature.

Source: Times of India

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