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Crops on 3450 acres hit: Mani

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Spot study: Ko.Si. Mani, Cooperation Minister, right, looking at the damaged crops in Thanjavur on Monday. S.N.M. Ubayathullah, Commercial Tax Minister, second from right, and C. Vijayaraj Kumar, Collector, look on.
Spot study: Ko.Si. Mani, Cooperation Minister, right, looking at the damaged crops in Thanjavur on Monday. S.N.M. Ubayathullah, Commercial Tax Minister, second from right, and C. Vijayaraj Kumar, Collector, look on.

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Largescale damage to pulses crops in Thanjavur

Thanjavur: Various crops on 3450 hectares have been affected in the recent rains in the district, according to Ko.Si. Mani, Minister for Cooperation.

The Minister, along with S.N.M. Ubayathullah, Minister for Commercial Taxes, visited the rain-affected areas in the district on Monday.

Later he told presspersons that paddy on 1318 hectares, pulses both green and black grams on 1918 hectares and cotton on 214 hectares had been affected. “Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has announced Rs.100 crore as relief for entire Tamil Nadu. Damages in Thanjavur district will be conveyed to the Government and suitable relief will be disbursed,” the Minister said.

He inspected the affected crops in Thennankudi, Kallaperambur, Ambathumelnagaram, Royandur, Gunamangalam, Chithirakudi and Kovilpattu villages in Thanjavur and Thiruvaiyaru panchayat unions.

C. Vijayaraj Kumar, Collector Pon.Kaliyamurthy, Member of Welfare Board for Farmers and Farm Labourers, T. Selvam, Chairman, Thanjavur Marketing committee, V. Soundarajan, Revenue Divisional Officer, Thanjavur, Karmugilan, Joint Director of Agriculture, P. Durairajan, Chairman, Thanjavur Panchayat Union accompanied the ministers during their visit.

The Union Minister of State for Finance S.S. Palani Manickam visited the rain-affected areas in the district on Sunday and inspected the affected crops.

He visited Nanthavanapatti, Muthandipatti, Sanoorapatti, Manaiyeripatti, Vendayampatti villages in Budalur panchayat union in Thanjavur district.

He said that 450 hectares have been affected in Nandavanampatti, 250 hectares in Sanoorapatti, 150 hectares in Manaiyeripatti, and hundred hectares in Vendayampatti.

Unseasonal rains have affected pulses and other alternate crops on a large scale in the district. As per the orders issued by the Chief Minister, Ministers have fanned out in the district and to see the damage to crops. The State Government would be informed of the damages and suitable relief would be sought.

Durai Chandrasekaran, Thiruvaiyaru MLA, K.T. Mahesh Krishnaswamy, Thiruvonam MLA, Soundarajan, Revenue Divisional Officer, accompanied Mr. Palani Manickam during his visit.

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