Special Correspondent

Guidelines on power supply strictly adhered to: Collector

74 tonnes of paddy, 35 tonnes of groundnut, and two tonnes of pulses seeds are available

Only Rs.6 crore of cane arrears are yet to be disbursed to cane growers

PERAMBALUR: As many as 24,186 farmers in Perambalur district have benefited under the farm loan waiver scheme announced by the Union government, Collector Anil Meshram has said.

About Rs.43.21 crore of dues from the farmers have been waived. Of this, Rs.34.12 crore of dues from about 20,568 small farmers has been written off.

About 3,618 other farmers have got relief to the tune of Rs.9.09 crore under the scheme, Mr. Meshram said speaking at the farmers’ grievances day meeting here on Thursday.

He also asserted that adequate stocks of fertilizers and quality seeds were available in the district. The integrated Perambalur District, including the newly formed Ariyalur District, had been allotted a total of 23,640 tonnes of fertilizers for the year and during July 2433 tonnes of fertilizers have been distributed, about 200 tonnes more than the allocation for the month.

Currently, the 51 primary agricultural cooperative societies in the district have 270 tonnes of di-ammonium phospate, 380 tonnes of potash, 264 tonnes of urea and 130 tonnes of complex fertilizers. The availability of stocks and the prices of the fertilizers would be displayed at the cooperative societies.

About 74 tonnes of paddy seeds, 35 tonnes of groundnut seeds, and one tonne of maize and two tonnes of pulses seeds were available in the agriculture extension centres at Perambalur, Alathur, Veppur and Veppanthattai in the district.

He also disclosed that only Rs.6 crore of cane arrears were yet to be disbursed to cane growers from the Perambalur Cooperative Sugar Mill. The co-generation plant, planned at a cost of Rs.90 crore at the factory, would be set up soon. About Rs.7.50 crore has been raised as share capital from farmers for the project. Maintenance works on the machines, towards increasing the volume of the cane crushed at the mill, was currently underway.

The district administration has taken steps to ensure that the government guidelines on power supply were strictly adhered to.

District Revenue Officer P. Shankar, the General Secretary of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam R. Raja Chidambaram and other farmer’s representatives attended the meeting.