2,11,172 tonnes procured from Thanjavur and Tiruvarur farmers
Thanjavur: Samba paddy procurement is going on in full swing in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts.
Till Thursday, the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation has procured 2,11,172 tonnes of paddy in the two districts procured after December 15.
With more samba area coming under harvest, arrivals are at the rate of 6,000 to 7,000 tonnes a day in Thanjavur district and 8,000 tonnes a day in Tiruvarur district. A total of 319 Direct Purchase Centres (DPC) function in Thanjavur district while it is 349 in Tiruvarur district, where 28 function in Tiruvarur taluk, 34 in Nannilam taluk, 64 in Kodavasal taluk, 38 in Valangaiman taluk, 96 in Mannargudi taluk, 43 in Needamangalam taluk and 46 in Thiruthuraipoondi taluk.
The Corporation has provided free winnowing facility at each centre where samba paddy is procured at a cost of Rs. 650 a quintal for `A' grade variety and Rs. 610 for common variety.
Farmers said that they have no problem in selling the paddy at the DPCs and additional money is not collected, as in the past.
Samba paddy has been raised on one lakh hectares each in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts this year.
Harvest of thaladi paddy crop, raised on about 31,000 hectares as a second crop in the short-term kuruvai paddy crop area, has commenced in several parts of Nagapattinam district while the harvest of samba is over on about 50 per cent of the 1.03 lakh hectares.
Procurement of samba paddy by 211 DPCs has touched 70,000 tonnes so far against the target of three lakh tonnes.
Agriculture Department officials said on Friday that a large number of farmers had reaped a good paddy yield during the current samba season and an average seven tonnes per hectare had been achieved so far.
A few farmers in Sirkazhi area had achieved the maximum yield of more than 8.5 tonnes. A cross section of farmers in Sirkazhi, Vaitheeswarankovil, Mayiladuturai, Kuttalam and Kilvelur areas said that samba paddy yield was by and large good and hoped to get the same result for thaladi crop also, as the crops were not affected by the northeast monsoon rains in October and November.