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DISCUSSION: A grievance day meeting in progress in Tirunelveli on Friday.
DISCUSSION: A grievance day meeting in progress in Tirunelveli on Friday.

Staff Reporter

33,000 tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate to be imported from Russia

TIRUNELVELI: To mitigate the intensity of fertilizer shortage crisis prevailing across the State, it has been decided to import 33,000 tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate from Russia and the ship carrying the plant food is expected to dock at Tuticorin Port on July 25.

This was informed at a farmers’ grievance day meeting held at the Collectorate on Friday.

When farmers drew the attention of the district administration and the officials of Department of Agriculture on the “acute shortage of fertilizer in the market and the exorbitant price being charged by the stockists for the nutrients”, the Assistant Director (Quality Control), Department of Agriculture, and the Personal Assistant to District Collector (Agriculture), Dhanasingh David, said samples of the consignment would be collected by a team of analysts here to confirm its quality before being cleared for sale.

“Conduct soil tests”

When a group of agriculturists from Shencottai area complained that soil tests were not conducted before the commencement of the paddy season even though petitions were forwarded to the officials concerned, the Joint Director of Agriculture (In-Charge), C. Vijaykumar, assured the peasants that soil samples would be collected and tested in the next couple of days.

The Collector, G. Prakash, who chaired the meeting, appealed to the farmers to identify the works to be implemented in their villages under the National Rural Employment Generation Programme, which ensures employment to a family for 100 days in a year.

“Since we can carryout any number of earthworks like deepening of water bodies, laying of mud roads etc. without upper limit, the farmers should identify the works to be carried out in their areas at the earliest. We have so far identified works worth Rs. 52 crore for the year 2007 – 2008 and sent proposals to the Government,” said Mr. Prakash.

He also said that the rural road works would be completed in the next six months.

While farmers of Sivagiri appealed to the Collector to strengthen the bunds of Chinnaudaippaeri tank before the onset of northeast monsoon, agriculturists from Nanguneri area urged him to initiate steps to reconstruct the Mayilapudur check dam, badly damaged due to rampant sand mining.

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