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Farmers face bleak prospects as standing crop withers away

M. Balaganessin
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About 100 acres at Neppiapatti dry up due to lack of water

on my god!A samba cultivator who lost his crop at Neppiapatti village near Pudukottai.
on my god!A samba cultivator who lost his crop at Neppiapatti village near Pudukottai.

With the northeast monsoon having failed, samba cultivators have suffered a severe loss, with the standing crop withering away due to non-availability of water.

A number of farmers in the district say that though they had some hopes till last week to save the crop, the prospects now seem bleak.

Savarimuthu, a farmer at Neppiapatti near here, said that the crop he had raised in two acres in October had fully withered.

He had incurred a huge expenditure of up to Rs.10,000 for raising the seedlings. He pleaded for immediate compensation by the State government.

About 100 acres in the entire village have dried up, he said. Most farmers had cultivated the Ponni variety and the culture variety. The farmers pin hopes on late onset of monsoon.

Farmers said that they had given up the idea of applying fertilizers to the crop. Application of fertilizer would be fruitful to protect the crop if irrigation was available. Meanwhile, agriculture department officials have advised the farmers to apply potash solution to prevent the loss of moisture.

P. M. Emperumal, Joint Director of Agriculture, said that about 75,000 hectares had been brought under samba this season.

Dry weather condition coupled with failure of monsoon has resulted in evaporation of water.

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