Staff Reporter

The government had issued 4 lakh soil health cards

‘More farmers should adopt micro irrigation’

SANKAGIRI: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam handed over the land documents pertaining to 582.91 acres of land to 656 beneficiaries under the fifth phase of the two-acre free land scheme at a function here on Friday.

Speaking in the function, the minister said that the State government would adopt a cluster approach for developing the patta wastelands.

About 50 acres of land would be taken up under a cluster and works such as levelling the ground, sinking of bore wells and creation of irrigation facilities would be carried out.

A committee would be set up to oversee these works, he added.

He urged the farmers to test their soil before taking up cultivation.

They should adopt modern cultivation techniques to improve the agricultural productivity.

The government had already issued 4 lakh soil health cards.

The minister further said that the government allotted Rs. 266 crore to provide credit-linked subsidy under the National Horticulture Mission.

It also allotted Rs. 133 crore for promoting micro irrigation (drip or sprinkler) for various crops in the State. More farmers should come forward to adopt micro irrigation, he said. Listing out various welfare schemes implemented by the State government,

Mr. Arumugam said that the interest for the crop loan had been reduced and sufficient funds were allotted to contribute for the crop insurance premium.

The minister said that the district administration would issue about 8,000 more free house site pattas to eligible families within March 2008. The administration had already issued 5,528 house site pattas.

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan also spoke.

District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam presided. Senior officials were present.