Whenever farmers approach agriculture department, some officials not only ascertain the number of seedlings they need but also the number of labourers required for transplanting them.

Samba cultivation, of late, has become synonymous with acute labour shortage. However, a few officials of the department of agriculture have taken it upon themselves to make a critical difference by forming a link between labourers registered under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MNREGS) and cultivators.

Whenever farmers approach the agriculture department for nurseries, the officials not only ascertain the number of seedlings they need but also the number of labourers required for transplanting them.

With adequate flow available in the irrigation channels of Peruvalai Vaikkal near Manachanallur now, farmers of Manachanallur have started planting samba paddy in their fields.

N.Manickam, a farmer of Manachanallur, says that he could get 10 MNREGS beneficiaries to work in his field, thanks to the coordination of agriculture department officials.

The labourers, who hail from Azhagiya Manavalam village, say that they have the skill in transplanting nurseries and they reached the fields on the advice of officials. They came to the fields as it was a holiday for them under MNREGS.

J.Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, says that a few agriculture officials, fully realising the difficulties of samba cultivators, liaise with the labourers and cultivators.

It has come as a solution to the problem of tiding over labour scarcity. “Our officials ensure that their endeavour does not disturb the execution of projects under MNREGS,” he says.

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