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SPOT INSPECTION: The Collector, Har Sahay Meena, left, inspecting a grape farm at Surlipatti in Theni district on Thursday.
SPOT INSPECTION: The Collector, Har Sahay Meena, left, inspecting a grape farm at Surlipatti in Theni district on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Rs.36.91 lakh to be given under National Horticulture Movement

THENI: A total of Rs.36.91 lakh will be disbursed as grant to farmers this year under the National Horticulture Movement, said the Collector, Har Sahay Meena.

Inspecting a grape farm at Surulipatti village in Cumbum on Thursday, he said that this grant would be extended to farmers who desired to set up new farms, particularly mango and amla, or rehabilitate the existing ones.

The Department of Horticulture had developed 279.20 acres under this scheme for creating new farms. Top priority would be given for setting up of mango and amla farms.

As many as 124.6 acres in Periakulam, 4.45 acres in Theni, 19.10 acres in Uthamaplayam, 17 acres in Cumbum, 24.55 acres in Andipatti, 62.40 acres in Bodinayakkanur, 9.20 acres in Chinnamanur and 17.90 acres in Kadamalaigundu-Mayiladumparai unions would be developed for this purpose.

Three farmers in Theni, 12 in Uthamaplayam, nine in Cumbum, 140 in Periakulam, 18 in Andipati, 40 in Bodinayakkanur, eight in Chinnamanur and 12 in Mayiladumparai would be benefited through this scheme.

Those interested may contact the officials in the Horticulture Department to know more about these schemes under the National Horticulture Movement.

House pattas

A sum of Rs.17 lakh had been allocated for acquisition of land meant for distribution of house pattas to landless poor belonged to backward and most backward classes. Each beneficiary would get three cents.

Educational aid

Educational assistance to the tune of Rs.1.06 crore had been disbursed to 33,197 students of Backward Classes and Most Backward Classes in the district so far. Similarly, a sum of Rs.12 lakh had been disbursed to rural school children of the same communities.

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