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‘Crops in good condition'

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helping hand: Collector T.K. Ponnusamy giving away family card to a woman in Ariyalur.
helping hand: Collector T.K. Ponnusamy giving away family card to a woman in Ariyalur.

All the crops raised in Ariyalur during the current season are in good condition, thanks to the rainfall received so far, said Collector T.K.Ponnusamy on Friday.

Presiding over the district farmers grievances day meeting here, the Collector said the district had received a rainfall of 584 mm that had benefited the pulses, paddy and other crops.

Mr Ponnusamy said agricultural cooperative societies were keeping adequate stock of fertilizers and pointed out that action would be taken against private fertilizer dealers if they were found selling beyond the stipulated price.

The Collector said all steps had been taken to safeguard the people in the event of floods and other natural calamities. He said the electricity department had sent letters to 4,683 farmers sanctioning power connection for the agricultural pumpsets.

The farmers requested the Collector to take steps for constructing a check dam across the Marudayar river and establish direct purchase centres for procuring maize from the farmers. The Collector distributed new family cards. R.Pichai, District Revenue Officer, Raghunathan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Sankar, Lead Bank Manager, and Jeevarathinam and Nirmala, Revenue Divisional Officers of Ariyalur and Udayarpalayam attended .

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