On an average, farmers get 6.8 tonnes to 7.1 tonnes for a hectare
ERODE: Farmers of the district are jubilant over the encouraging yield of paddy and other products. After three years of drought, Lower Bhavani Project canal, Kalingarayan canal, Thadapalli and Arakkankottai canals received water and the farmers raised paddy in all the four major ayacuts.
In Kalingarayan ayacut, the paddy raised on over 5,000 hectares was harvested.
On an average, the farmers got 6.8 to 7.1 tonnes of paddy for a hectare.
This was a very encouraging yield, said Agricultural Department officials and also the farmers.
After the harvest, the farmers had started developing over 3,000 hectares to raise short duration paddy variety again and water was already released for the same.
The farmers have now raised the nursery and within a month they may transplant the paddy.
Already in Thadapalli and Arakkankottai ayacuts, harvest was completed and the farmers have started their agricultural operations for the second crop.
In LBP ayacut, harvest commenced in a few villages and before the end of this month harvest will be completed.
Due to shortage of agricultural labourers, the farmers were engaging private harvester.
They appealed to the Agricultural Engineering Department to purchase a minimum of 10 harvesters and give them to farmers at reasonable rent.
At present only one harvester was available and the rent collected by the department was higher than the private harvester, the farmers said.
The LBP farmers pleaded the Government to release water in the LBP canal for the second turn dry crops.
Collector D. Karthikeyan has sent a proposal to the Government, recommending the release of water from January 5.
The Kalingarayan ayacut farmers expressed fear that the sugarcane yield might be reduced as they were getting contaminated water for the last 10 days. They pleaded the district administration to take action against the erring tanners and dyers who discharged untreated effluents into the canal.