Staff Reporter

'AEZ for mangoes under consideration'

Krishnagiri: Farmers requested the district administration to conduct special veterinary camps to treat cattle and other livestock that were affected in the recent rains at the agricultural grievances day meeting held here on Friday.

To this the Assistant Director of Animal Husbandry, Raghavan, replied that veterinary camps were held in 120 affected villages in the district till date. The remaining villages would be covered within one week, he said.

Complaint

Farmers complained that the Horticultural Office at Pocchampalli remained vacant during the day. Designated hours should be fixed for officials so that farmers could represent their grievances. Following their complaint, the Collector, Mangat Ram Sharma, instructed the officials to open the office to help farmers by providing information.

The Collector also instructed the officials to shift the office to the Department of Agriculture at Pocchampalli as it was functioning on rented premises.

Subsidy refused

They complained that farmers having a minimum of one acre were not given subsidy to take up mango cultivation under the National Horticultural Mission. Small and medium farmers should be given subsidy and included in the scheme.

They also urged the district administration to ensure the supply of hybrid mango saplings in the Government Horticultural Farms in the district.

Besides Bangalora, other varieties should also be supplied to farmers to take up cultivation. With Krishnagiri district having the largest area under mango cultivation in the State, there was a need to establish an Agricultural Export Zone (AEZ) for mangoes in Krishnagiri. To this, the Collector replied that AEZ for mangoes in Krishnagiri was under the consideration of the Government.

They claimed that the water supply to Nagarasampatti and surrounding villages under the Nagarasampatti Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme was suspended as the drinking water pipe was washed away in the recent floods.

Contaminated water

As a result, the villagers were forced to drink fluoride-contaminated water.

The Collector assured them that steps would be initiated to restore water supply at the earliest.

Shortage of doctors at Padapalli veterinary centre, illegal sand quarrying in Denkanikottai taluk, straying of wild elephants into agricultural fields, issue of farmers identity cards, subsidy schemes through Department of Horticulture, construction of a check dam at Thottathinahalli and issuance of crop loans were also discussed at the meeting. The Deputy Director of Agriculture, R. Loganathan, and the District Revenue Officer, D. Sundaram, attended the press meet

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