K. Subramanian

Efforts made to raise paddy crop on 34,000 hectares this year

Farmers in Vennar division awaiting Mettur water Transplantation in Cauvery division to be over in a week

NAGAPATTINAM: Transplantation of kuruvai paddy crop is in full swing in the Cauvery division area even as farmers in the Vennar division are awaiting the Mettur water in all river systems of Vennar for raising kuruvai paddy nurseries.

The Agriculture department made all efforts to raise the short-term kuruvai paddy crop on the usual 34,000 hectares (85,000 acres) this year in the Cauvery delta region of Nagapattinam district, the tail-end area of the delta.

24,000 hectares covered

Out of the normal of 34,000 hectares, nearly 24,000 have been covered in the Cauvery division areas of Mayiladuturai, Vaitheeswarankovil, Sembanarkovil and Sirkazhi. The remaining come under the Vennar division areas of Keevalur, Keezhaiyur, Thalainayar, Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam blocks.

M. Bose, Joint Director of Agriculture, Nagapattinam, told The Hindu that farmers in the Cauvery division area used to raise the kuruvai paddy nurseries with the help of pumpsets before the release of water from the Mettur reservoir. They carry out transplantation when the Mettur water is released.

He said farmers in Mayiladuturai, Vaitheeswarankovil, Sembanarkovil and Sirkazhi blocks in the Cauvery division had transplanted the kuruvai crop on about 15,000 hectares out of the normal 24,000 hectares and transplantation was on in full swing to cover the remaining 9,000 hectares. The entire transplantation of the crop in Cauvery division would be over in a week.

Mettur water

Mr. Bose said farmers of Nagapattinam, Keevalur, Thirukkuvalai, Keezhaiyur, Vedaranyam and Thalainayar were awaiting receipt of Mettur water in all the river systems in Vennar division and keeping the seeds ready for raising nurseries. About 10,000 hectares of kuruvai crop would be raised in the Vennar division.

He said the Agriculture department had adequate stock of short-duration paddy seeds to meet the farmers' requirement for the kuruvai season. It had sold about 300 tonnes of seeds.

Farmers happy

Farmers in the delta expressed satisfaction over desilting of some of the major irrigation channels in the district to enable free flow of water to the delta's tail-end area. K.G. Krishnamurthy, a progressive farmer of Mayiladuturai and vice-president of composite Thanjavur district farmers association, requested the Government to instruct primary agricultural cooperative banks to disburse crop loans quickly.