The state government has proposed to implement hundred per cent subsidy to the small and medium farmers of the district for setting up drip irrigation units for the maximum area of five acres, said Darez Ahamed, District Collector.

For the other farmers, the subsidy will be 75 per cent for the drip irrigation units, the Collector said while addressing the monthly farmers grievances day meeting here on Thursday.


He urged the farmers to take advantage of this scheme for improving their economic condition.

This year, adequate stock of fertilizer has been kept in all the primary agricultural cooperative societies in the district, he said.

The farmers should take steps for procuring the fertiliser well in advance.

The government is providing subsidy for setting up demonstration plots for the paddy, corn, pulses, oil seeds, cotton, and sugarcane and also for getting inputs and transplantation.

The government also provided seed subsidy too, Dr. Ahamed added.

P. Sankaralingam, Joint Director of Agriculture, explained the various schemes being implemented by the agriculture department in the district.

Representatives of various farmers associations participated in the meeting.

ID cards issued

Meanwhile, in a press release the Collector said that the government has sanctioned Rs. 50.66 crore to compensate around 1.20 lakh farmers who suffered crop loss due to severe drought conditions prevailing in the district. The work of disbursing the compensation through the 52 primary agricultural cooperative societies is in progress since May 2. Identity cards have already been issued to all the affected farmers through the VAOs.

So far, Rs. 42.15 crore has been disbursed to 94,252 farmers.

The distribution work will be completed soon, he added.

Adequate stock of fertilizer has been kept in all the primary agricultural cooperative societies