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Kuruvai crop loss: compensation demanded for farmers, farm workers

Farmers walk out of the grievance day meeting and protest in front of the Thanjavur Collectorate on Friday.— Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
Farmers walk out of the grievance day meeting and protest in front of the Thanjavur Collectorate on Friday.— Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

Farmers of Thanjavur district have urged the government to declare the Cauvery delta as drought-hit and pay compensation for the loss of the kuruvai paddy crop.

Making this appeal, a section of the farmers staged a walkout from the monthly agriculture grievances day meeting at the Collectorate here on Friday.

Later, they said that the Mettur dam could not be opened on June 12 this year owing to poor storage. Hence, kuruvai could not be taken up in canal-irrigated areas. The government should pay Rs. 10,000 per acre to each farmer as compensation and also Rs. 10,000 to each family of agricultural labourers who have no work. The labourers should also be provided work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Kuruvai

District Collector K. Baskaran said that kuruvai transplantation had been completed on 15,543 hectares in pump-set irrigated areas. Out of this, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method had been followed on 10,752 hectares.

Samba seeds were being distributed. The varieties include ADT38, ADT39, Savithiri, Co 43, ADT 46, Co. R. 48, Co. R. 50. There was a stock of 1,294 tonnes. Certified black gram seeds of ADT5 variety were also being distributed. Forty eight tonnes of seeds had so far been distributed at a subsidised rate. There was a stock of 77.1 tonnes of black gram seeds in agriculture extension centres. There was adequate stock of fertilizers for kuruvai season. There was a stock of 4,519 tonnes of urea, 4,861 tonnes of di ammonium phosphate, 3,514 tonnes of potash, 4,897 tonnes of complex.

Mohammed Yahiya, Joint Director of Agriculture and C. Suresh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, participated in the meeting. Progressive farmers shared their experiences on the successful cultivation of various crops.

Tips on cultivation

Tips were given to farmers on vegetable cultivation.

A demonstration of pealing coconuts using a machine was also conducted.

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