Special Correspondent

Move to raise kuruvai paddy on 35,000 hectares this year

NAGAPATTINAM: The Nagapattinam district administration is keeping ready adequate stock of paddy seeds and fertilizers to meet the requirement of farmers for the ensuing short-term kuruvai paddy cultivation in the delta.

According to M.Jayaraman, Collector, the Agriculture Department had started selling paddy seeds at its sales centres throughout the district and keeping more than 45 tonnes of paddy seeds of different varieties. Besides, private traders are selling good certified paddy seeds.

The Collector said that it had been proposed to raise the kuruvai paddy crop on about 35,000 hectares this year in the district against the normal area of 25,000 hectares and many farmers had evinced keen interest in raising the crop under system of rice intensification (SRI) method of cultivation to achieve 50 per cent more yield than usual traditional method of cultivation with less cost of cultivation.

Mr. Jayaraman said that adequate stock of fertilizers was available in all the primary agricultural co-operative societies in the district and appealed to the farmers to get the fertilizers from these societies. He pointed out that about 4,900 tonnes of urea, 1,820 tonnes of DAP (di-ammonium phosphate), 1,595 tonnes of potash, 111 tonnes of ammonium sulphate had been sent to these societies for distribution to the farmers.