Rs. 1.26 crore for Karur; compensation to be given by weekend in Nagapattinam
KARUR: The district has been sanctioned Rs. 1.26 crore as compensation towards the recent flood and rain havoc. Of that a sum, Rs. 1.16 crore has already been disbursed to the affected farmers through the Department of Cooperation, Collector T.N. Venkatesh said here on Tuesday.
Speaking at a farmers’ grievances day meet here on Tuesday, Mr. Venkatesh said that the farmers who had not so far received the compensation would soon get the amount.
The Collector also said that the National Agriculture Development Plan would be implemented in Karur district between 2007 and 2012 at an estimated outlay of Rs. 120 crore. Already, a part of the plan was implemented in the district last year.
Under the plan, 100 acres each would be apportioned to the Agriculture and Horticulture departments for installing micro irrigation techniques during the current year among other works.
Proposals worth Rs. 30 crore have been forwarded to the Government under the Plan, he added. Seven departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, PWD, Animal Husbandry would be coordinating the works taken up under the Plan, he observed.
While Stream I would see strengthening of existing projects, new projects and infrastructure development scheme would be considered and implemented under Stream II.
Farmers from Valayapatti led by Farmers’ Discussion Group convener A. Satheesh complained that lack of milkometer was affecting their returns as the fat content in the milk they supply to the centres could not be gauged properly.
The officials replied that out of the total 192 cooperative milk procurement centres in the district, milkometer has been supplied to 106 centres. Efforts were being taken to supply the equipment to the rest of the centres, they observed.
Working president of Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association Mahadanapuram V. Rajaram called upon the authorities to minimise the damages to roadside houses and establishments while acquiring land for the NH 67 expansion project.
Association Deputy Secretary Kavandampatti R. Subramanian reiterated his demand for a high level bridge across the Nangam Kaattu Vaari near Kurichi. Officials assured that proposals have been forwarded to higherups for consideration.
The Collector gave away a cheque for Rs. 10,000 as reward to Manikkam Gounder of Mela Veliyur for achieving the maximum yield in rainfed sorghum. He got 7,750 kilogram per hectare. Pakkiam of Vellalapatti got the second prize and cash reward of Rs. 5,000 for achieving 7,000 kg yield per hectare.
District Revenue Officer Jawahar Shanthakumar, Joint Director of Agriculture R. Durairaj, and other officials participated in the programme.
All the farmers whose agricultural crops including pulses, cotton, tobacco, groundnut, sesame, etc in about 1.02 lakh hectares that were affected by the heavy rains last month would be given compensation by end of this week, said Tenkasi S. Jawahar, Collector, here on Tuesday.
The Collector said that the Government had allocated Rs.37.40 crore in the first phase for providing compensation to the farmers for their rain-hit crops and pointed out that more than 1.20 lakh farmers had so far been given compensation amount to the tune of Rs.25.57 crore through the primary agricultural co-operative banks (PACBs) in their respective areas.
He said that there were 119 PACBs in Nagapattinam district and each PACB was serving the farmers in six or seven villages. Each PACB is now disbursing the compensation amount to 200 farmers every day by crediting the compensation in their respective accounts of the PACB.
The Collector pointed out that the list of farmers eligible to get compensation had been put up in the notice boards in the respective PACBs and all the farmers would be given the compensation amount by end of this week. He appealed to the farmers to stay calm and asked them to alert him if they did not get the compensation.