R. Raja Chidambaram, State secretary of the Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangam, urged the district administration to initiate immediate action for utilising the cold storage unit.

Work on a cold storage for preserving onions at Kurur near here is yet to see the light of the day because of the delay in providing power supply.

Onion growers have been unable to utilise the service, although civil works had been completed, said farmers at the Agriculturists Grievances’ Day meeting held here on Thursday.

Initiating a discussion, R. Raja Chidambaram, State secretary of the Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangam, urged the district administration to initiate immediate action for utilising the cold storage unit. He wanted expeditious implementation of farm pond programme which was in a snail’s pace.

An official from the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation clarified that a few accessories needed for energising the cold storage unit were received only recently. He assured the meeting that the work would be completed in course of time.

A.K. Rajendran, district president of the Tamil Nadu Sugarcane Producers’ Association, pleaded for prompt payment of compensation to sugarcane and coconut growers who had lost their crop.

Chelladurai, District secretary of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said that a group of maize growers at Siruvachur village had lost their crop this season, because of poor quality in seeds. He wanted strict action against traders selling poor quality seeds.

M.A. Subramanian, District Revenue Officer, who presided over the meeting, promised prompt action for the redress of the grievances. He said that the district registered 312.06 mm of rain till August this year which was fairly above normal realisation.

Albret, Joint Director of Agriculture, said paddy had been raised on 140 hectares, pulses on 46 hectares, and sugarcane on 4,404 hectares.