: A special meeting was convened here on Monday to ensure prompt disbursal of drought relief to farmers who suffered losses due to monsoon failure last year.
Collector Ashish Kumar, who presided over the meeting, appealed to the farmers, who did not maintain bank accounts, to open new accounts either in cooperative or nationalised banks at the earliest.
Drought relief amounting to over Rs.103 crore was extended to Tuticorin district based on the assessment by a high-level team from the state government.
Around 1,95,000 farmers are eligible to receive relief in the district. Meanwhile, the Collector instructed the officials concerned to submit the number of the existing bank accounts to primary agriculture cooperative banks to extend the relief.
K.P.Perumal, a farmer, said a list of farmers entitled to receive relief amount should be displayed at government offices. The Collector replied that the list would be displayed at the Collector’s office, Block Development Officer’s office, Taluk office, Village Administrative Officer’s office, Cooperative banks, societies and also posted on district web site.
V. Ganapathi Raman, a farmer from Masarpatti, said proper planning should be drawn up for disbursing the aid to a group of farmers, who own patta lands jointly.
Earlier, S. Gengaraj, Joint Director of Animal Husbandry, explained the new Green Fodder Development scheme launched by the Department of Animal Husbandry with farmers to raise cultivation of fodder crop in the wake of drought-hit conditions.
Eight hundred acres were earmarked to raise the fodder crop and cattle feed in the district in 2013-14. By means of power point, Dr. Gengaraj highlighted the expenditure on field preparation, fertilizers, seeds and sowing, weeding, labour cost and different methods of irrigation on fields.
The short-term crop could be cultivated in 60 days, he said.
D. Ranjith Sigh Dhanraj, Joint Director of Agriculture, Pandian, Joint Registrar of Cooperatives, M. Kanagaraj, Personal Assistant to Collector (Agriculture), and others attended.