Special Correspondent

NAGAPATTINAM: Procurement of samba paddy by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) in the Cauvery delta region of Nagapattinam district has exceeded the target on Friday by purchasing 2.14 lakh tonnes against the target of two lakh tonnes.

S.Viswanathan, Senior Regional Manager, TNCSC, Nagapattinam, told The Hindu on Friday that the TNCSC had opened 230 direct purchase centres (DPCs) in the district for purchasing paddy directly from the farmers and pointed out that the daily arrival of paddy to the DPCs was about 3,000 tonnes.

He said that most of the farmers sold their paddy at the DPCs as the government offered remunerative price of Rs.1,000 a quintal inclusive of incentive for common variety and Rs.1,050 a quintal for Grade A variety with moisture content up to 17 per cent under the decentralised procurement system of the Centre.

Collector M.Jayaraman, has recently appealed to the farmers to sell their paddy to the government to get a good price. He pointed out that the paddy procurement by the TNCSC was good in spite of the shortfall in the yield due to damage caused by the heavy northeast monsoon rains in November last.

The Collector said that the harvest of samba and thaladi paddy crops raised in about 1.35 lakh hectares (1.01 lakh hectares of samba and 35,000 hectares of thaladi) was completed and the paddy yield came down to 50 to 60 per cent at many places as the crops were affected by heavy rains in November last year. Many farmers had reaped below three tonnes per hectare against the normal yield of more than six tonnes.

Meanwhile, farmers in several parts of the district, particularly in Mayiladuturai belt had started raising summer paddy crop in about 1,000 hectares taking advantage of the groundwater potential in the Cauvery river basin.