Tiruchi district has received about 40 per cent of its northeast monsoon shower so far.
According to an official release, against the normal northeast monsoon rainfall of 356 mm, the district had received 149 mm till October 25. Of the 5,625 hectares of kuruvai area, harvest has been completed in 4,112 hectares. And the yield per hectare has been 6,150 kg. While it has been planned to raise samba in 64,000 hectares, transplanting has been completed in 8,843 hectares. Seedlings are ready for transplantation in 1,530 hectares.
More than 600 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy seed has been distributed and the department has 50 MT stock.
Besides, 23 MT of pulse and 74 MT of oil seeds have been distributed. In order to encourage System Rice Intensification (SRI) method, Rs.81 lakhs has been allocated under the National Agricultural Development Programme for distributing inputs worth Rs.1,000 per hectare and subsidy of Rs.2,000 per hectare for planting expenses.
Similarly, Rs.35 lakhs has been allotted for providing subsidy of Rs.5 per kg of certified paddy seeds distributed through the agricultural extension centres and cooperative societies