They would provide information to ryots on cultivation techniques
PUDUKOTTAI: The Agriculture Department has established eight Facilitation Centres in the district for providing information to farmers on cultivation techniques and availability of inputs, the Collector, S. J. Chiru, has said.
Agriculture Officers have been deployed in all these centres which would function from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all week days, Mr. Chiru said speaking at the Agricultural Grievance Day meeting here on Friday.
The centres would function at the office of the Joint Director of Agriculture, Pudukottai (Phone: 04322 - 221666), and offices of Assistant Director of Agriculture at Pudukottai (220329), Gandharvakottai (94422-75726), Alangudi (94438-26047/94429-24852), Aranthangi (04371 270510), Avudayarkovil (94423 25600), Thirumayam (04333-274250) and Keeranur (0449-262268). All Agricultural Extension Centres would also function in the district from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during all working days.
Mr.Chiru stated that 756 pre-khariff season camps were planned for promoting locale specific farming techniques in different parts of the district. So far, 403 camps have been conducted and the remaining camps would be organised before July 15.
The Collector also appealed to the farmers to go in for alternate cropping programme especially in the tail end of the Cauvery Mettur Project (CMP) areas. Crops such as maize, ragi, groundnut, gingelly, blackgram and cowpea are recommended as alternate crops and a special project was implemented in the district for promoting these crops in a targeted area of about 17,500 hectares.
Similarly, farmers should also follow the System of Rice Intensification Method during the kuruvai season.
Farmers stood to benefit by adopting the method by way of lesser use of seeds, lesser nursery area, lower nursery age and higher yield.
The district had recorded 143.4 mm of rainfall so far this year against the normal of 214.5 mm up to June, with a deficit of nearly 33 per cent. During June, the district had received 24.6 mm against the normal of 44.7 mm, he pointed out.
Most of the 5,262 tanks in the district did not have adequate storage for irrigation.
Adequate stocks of seeds and other inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides were available in the district, he added.
Earlier, Mr.Chiru distributed prizes to the winners of the Productivity Contest organised under various crop categories such as groundnut and paddy.
The District Revenue Officer, K. Gopalkrishnan, the Joint Director of Agriculture, D. Rajaram and other officials participated in the meeting.