Though only one third of the normal paddy area has been covered in the district so far, the district administration exuded confidence that normal coverage for the year is still achievable.

Speaking at the agriculturists’ grievances day here on Friday, Collector P.Senthilkumar said against the normal paddy coverage of 25,000 hectares, only 8,710 hectares had been covered so far. Last year, the coverage was 27,400 hectares.

The district had adequate stocks of seeds including ADT 38, ADT 39, and IR 20 that are suitable for samba season.

Besides, 1,351 metric tonnes (MT) of urea, 953 MT of DAP, 845 MT of potash, and 1,122 MT of complex fertilizers were available at the primary agricultural cooperative banks and private outlets.

“Steps have been initiated to get adequate fertilizers through TANFED, Tiruchi.”

According to an official release, he said the normal annual rainfall in the district was 954 mm.

Till the middle of November the district had received only 678 mm. About 962 mm rainfall was recorded last year.

Until now, rainfall under northeast monsoon has been 167 mm less than normal, as during September alone the normal rainfall has been 233 mm.

Mr.Senthilkumar said millets has been raised on 16,760 hectares, pulses on 1,255 hectares, cotton on 8,000 hectares, sugarcane on 8,015 hectares, and oil seeds on 6,150 hectares.

The Collector announced that the farmers who raised new coconut groves would get 50 per cent subsidy per hectare from the Coconut Development Board and the maximum subsidy would be Rs.17, 500.

Those who took part in the meeting included J.Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, Murugan, Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Soundararajan, Deputy Director, Horticulture, Thulasi Madhavaraj, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, and Paramasivam, District Co-ordinator, Bank of India.

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