Even as farmers in Cuddalore district are getting ready for samba cultivation, District Collector R. Kirlosh Kumar has given them an assurance that there was adequate supply of seeds and fertilizers for a successful harvest.

In a statement, the Collector said the agriculture extension centres in the district have been stocked with 500 tonnes of paddy seeds of the following varieties: BPT - 5204, Savithri, Aduthurai -38, Aduthurai-39, Co-39 and Co (R) - 50. The seeds would be made available to the farmers at subsidised rate. The Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies and private traders too have been instructed to keep adequate seed stocks. Besides, 3.4 lakh tonnes of fertilizers such as azospirillum and phospo bacteria have been kept ready.

Officials of the agriculture department have been directed to carry out awareness campaign in every revenue village on the technology aspect of crop cultivation and also water management to enable the farmers get better yield.

If the farmers face any shortfall or constraint in accessing seeds, they could contact the Assistant Agricultural Officers on the following cell phone numbers: Parangipettai - 94436-17056, Mel Bhuvanagiri - 75986-91252, Keerapalayam - 75986-91264, Kumaratchi - 79596-91262 and Kattumannarkoil - 75986-91263.

Any enquiries regarding fertilizer availability could be obtained from the Assistant Agricultural Officer (Quality control) on cell phone 79586-91270.

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