Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Kuruvai transplantation has been completed on 31,189 hectares in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on Wednesday. In Thanjavur district alone, transplantation is over on 20,000 hectares and in Tiruvarur district on 11,189 hectares.

It has been planned to raise Kuruvai on 40,000 hectares in Thanjavur district this year and 36,000 hectares in Tiruvarur district.

Agriculture department officials said that they would be able to achieve the target before July end.

Farmers have been advised to complete transplantation of the crop before July 30. Prolonging the transplantation beyond July 30, will put the farmers in the risk of crop getting caught under rain during harvest time.

The officials said that there were adequate stocks of fertilisers like urea and di-ammonium phosphate. DAP will be supplied only through Primary Agriculture Co-operative Banks (PACBs) from July 11. Private dealers have been given time only up to July 11 to sell DAP.

The arrangement has been made by the Government to ensure supply of fertilisers to all the farmers in time and at the stipulated price.

Water shortage

Meanwhile, farmers in tail-end areas in Tiruvarur district complained that they had not received adequate quantity of canal water to take up cultivation.

However, Public Works Department engineers maintained that turn system of water release into Vennar and Cauvery was followed and hence all areas would get water.

From Grand Anicut canal, 6,500 cusecs is released into Cauvery, 350 cusecs into Vennar, 2,500 cusecs into Grand Anicut Canal and 1,078 cusecs into Kollidam.