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Pays off: T. Soundiah, right, Collector, distributing the high-yielding vegetables cultivated under the precision farming technique in Thathaiengarpet to a farmer in Tiruchi on Friday.
Pays off: T. Soundiah, right, Collector, distributing the high-yielding vegetables cultivated under the precision farming technique in Thathaiengarpet to a farmer in Tiruchi on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Farmers register a per hectare yield of 5 tonnes of brinjal

TIRUCHI: A section of farmers of Thathaiengrpet block in the district, who have registered a bumper yield in horticultural crops through the precision farming technique were the cynosure of all eyes at the monthly ‘Farmers’ grievance day’ meeting held here on Friday.

With a view to motivating the other farmers about the advantages of the technique, the farmers, numbering 20 from five villages in the block, brought their freshly-harvested brinjal to the meeting.

The District Collector, T. Soundiah, who presided over the meeting, distributed to the other farmers present on the occasion.

The Collector said that the farmers registered a per hectare yield of five tonnes as against the usual one tonne.

The quality of the produce was also very high.

Encouraged by their achievement, the district administration extended all support for marketing the brinjal through the Co-operative Supermarkets ‘Chinthamani’ at Theppakulam and the Puthur Four Road Junction.

Mutual benefit

Both the farmers and the consumers benefited through the programme.

Against Rs. 10 a kg, the quality brinjal was being sold at Rs. 5 at the supermarket, he said appealing to the farmers to take maximum advantage of the technique.

Forum floated

The farmers joined hands and floated a forum, the ‘Anna Precision Farm’ a few months ago to avail themselves of the subsidy-based programme.

The president of the forum, N. Selvaraj and its secretary N. Ganesan said they raised brinjal, chillies, tomato on 15 hectares, and turmeric and other horticultural crops on another 5 hectares.

They bought the saplings of three varieties of brinjal at Dharmapuri.

The subsidy-based ‘Precision Farming technique’ being implemented by the Agriculture Department, attracted the farmers on various counts: firstly, they could raise the crops at a lesser cultivation cost.

Further, a close monitoring by the Department officials during the course of cultivation.

The ‘fertigation’ method or the simultaneous application of fertiliser and irrigation technique, brought down the cultivation cost, they said.

The Joint Director of Agriculture, N. Ponnusamy said that the varieties raised were commonly known as ‘Blue brinjal’; ‘Vari brinjal’ and ‘Green length.’

The per hectare subsidy stood at about Rs. 65,000.

Brinjal was the first crop to be harvested by the farmers.

The other crops would be harvested in course of time.

The farmers hailed from Jadamangalam, Thulaiyanatham, Mahadevipudhur, Devaanur and Vaalasiraamanai villages.

Plea for barrages

The District secretary of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, Siva Suriyan and State general secretary of the Bharathiya Kisan Sangam, P. Ayyakkannu, urged the State government to construct barrages across the Cauvery at places such as Nochiyam, Koohur, beside the confluence of the Kudamuritti river with the Cauvery and Allur villages.

Apprehension

They both expressed apprehension over the drawal of excess water from the Cauvery under the ‘Ramanathapuram Combined Drinking Water Master programme’ and said that the Cauvery bed would be dried up through the massive pumping out of water. Barrages would help maintain the ground water table, they said.

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