The Department of Agriculture, Vellore will cover a total of 200 acres of land under the greening of watershed programme at Thumberi village in Natrampalli. Mango plantation with drip irrigation would be taken up here.
R. Vasuki, Additional Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Tamil Nadu visited the village on Thursday and launched the programme. A meeting with the beneficiaries was held to explain the features of the programme. Collector P. Sankar was present on the occasion.
She told the beneficiaries that, under the scheme, the selected lands of farmers would be developed and free fruit saplings would be given. To maintain the planted saplings, one bore well would be provided for every 10 acres of land and free electricity and drip irrigation would be provided, according to a press release.
K. Tamilselvan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Vellore said greening programme was a sub-scheme under the District Watershed Development Agency. “The watershed development programme was taken up four to five years through a non government organisation. As a follow-up action, the Department is taking up efforts for greening of the watershed. Four clusters of 50 acres each have been formed, totaling to 200 acres. Subsidy of Rs. 14 lakh will be given per cluster,” he said.
The Department of Agriculture, along with other departments such as Horticulture, Agriculture Engineering, Agriculture Marketing, Sericulture, Fisheries, Social Welfare, District Rural Development Agency, Education, Animal Husbandry and Aavin will implement their regular department schemes focusing on the village to the tune of Rs. 2.05 crore, he added.
“Watersheds are mainly for rain-fed crops. Here, the farmers would create water-harvesting facility. The water stored would be used for irrigation purposes,” he said. Sub-Collector of Tirupattur Shilpa Prabhakar, Member of Legislative Assembly-Vaniyambadi Govi. Sampath Kumar and Project Director of District Rural Development Agency N. Srinivasan were present.