A total of 25,200 hectares would be brought under samba cultivation in Ariyalur district this season and the ‘Rajarajan 1000' technique was gaining popularity among farmers, Collector T.K.Ponnusamy said.
He was explaining to R.Vijayakumar, Principle Secretary, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited and Monitoring Officer for Ariyalur district, the steps being taken by the agriculture department for the benefit of farmers.
The Collector said a total of 7,000 hectares had been brought under samba cultivation so far. The agriculture department has planned to bring 13,700 hectares under ‘Rajarajan 1000' technique and so far 1,964 hectares had been brought under the method.
At a demonstration plot at Keezhapazhur village, the Collector explained to the visiting official how the farmers have improved productivity by using the ‘Rajarajan 1000' method under the National Agriculture Development Programme.
The Collector said the farmers use just two kg of seeds per acre for raising samba paddy. The use of ‘marker' and ‘cono weeder' has also been gaining popularity among farmers.
While ‘CO-43' variety was being raised in Tirumanur and Ariyablur blocks, farmers of Jayamkondam preferred ‘ADT-39' variety.
R.Raghunathan, Joint Director of Agriculture, said demo plots had been set up on an extent of 1,964 hectares - 1,158 hectares under the National Agriculture Development Programme, 600 hectares under the Integrated Cereals Development Scheme and the rest under the IAM WARM and ATMA schemes.
R.Pitchai, District Revenue Officer and V.Vijayakumar, Deputy Director of Agriculture (central schemes) accompanied the officials. Narayanasamy, a farmer hailing from Keezhapazhur, explained the efficacy of ‘Rajarajan 1000' technique in terms of economy in cultivation cost and rise in productivity.