Tuticorin: The district administration conducted Agriculture Production Committee (APC) meeting here on Thursday.
It reviewed the progress of various projects taken up by the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture Engineering and Fisheries.
The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, said that a total of 22,462 hectares was brought under paddy cultivation during the first 10 months of the current fiscal against the target of 23,000 hectares envisaged for the entire financial year.
Similarly, 6,155 hectares were brought under oilseeds (ground nut, sunflower, etc.) during the same period against the target of 7,000 hectares.
To enhance productivity, the administration had distributed high yielding seeds of paddy (205.58 tonnes), millets (24.94 tonnes), pulses (56.48 tonnes), oilseeds (30.43 tonnes) and cotton (15.17 tonnes) during the current fiscal till January 31.
Mr. Palaniyandi said that fruit plants, vegetable seeds and spices worth Rs. 8.81 lakh were distributed to farmers under Integrated Horticulture Development Scheme between April 1, 2006 and January 31, 2007.
Sort term crop loans to the tune of Rs. 15.9 crore and medium term loans to the tune of Rs. 1.46 crore were sanctioned to the farmers during the current fiscal so far.
Later, Mr. Palaniyandi received petitions from farmers at a grievance day meeting.
N. Pandiarajan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Sundaram Pillai, Assistant Director of Horticulture, and Ramaswamy, Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies, were present.