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Over 3,000 hectares of paddy still under water

G.Srinivasan
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Agriculture department advises farmers on salvage measures

Yet to swim out: A view of inundated paddy field in Thanjavur. — Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
Yet to swim out: A view of inundated paddy field in Thanjavur. — Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

With Thanjavur district heaving a sigh of relief from rain, water has started receding from the inundated paddy fields in Pattukottai, Peravurani, and Orathanadu areas of the district.

According to V.Balasubramanian, Joint Director of Agriculture, 145 mm of rainfall was received in the district on November 24 and 25. Because of this rain, paddy crop on 10,074 hectares have been inundated. However, water has started receding and as on Monday, paddy crop on 3,758 hectares alone remain inundated.

Agriculture department has advised farmers to apply 2kg of Di Ammonium Phosphate, (DAP), 1kg of Urea, and 1kg of Zinc Sulphate in 200 litres of water (for one acre) and spray it on rain-affected paddy fields.

Alternately, 22 kilos of Urea mixed with sand and kept for one night can also be applied. Samba transplantation has been completed on nearly 1lakh hectares. The Joint Director said that the fertilizer position is "comfortable" in the district. "We have excess stock of fertilizer for this month," he said. There is a stock of 17,989 tonnes of fertilizers more than that is required for November.

"The requirement was 24,600 tonnes for November. We had an opening stock of 20,679 tonnes and added to this is the arrival in November another 21,904 tonnes. "So after meeting the requirement, we have excess now for this month", Mr.Balasubramanian said.

There is a stock of 8,852 tonnes of Urea, 2,355 tonnes of Potash, 2,360 tonnes of DAP, and 4,422 tonnes of complex fertilizer. On Monday 2,600 tonnes of IFFCO Urea arrived from Andhra Pradesh and was despatched to various parts of the district.

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