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check: A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, left, inspecting a channel at Thirumarugal on Monday.
check: A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, left, inspecting a channel at Thirumarugal on Monday.

Staff Reporter

For Samba cultivation in tail-end areas of Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM: To ensure water availability for samba cultivation in the tail-end areas in the delta region, monitoring committees would be formed under tahsildars.

This was decided at an emergency meeting of a special committee, chaired by A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, at the Collectorate on Monday to ascertain the status of water availability in the tail-end areas.

The monitoring committees consist of the Assistant Executive Engineer of the PWD (Water Resources Division), the Assistant Director of Agriculture and the Cooperative Circle Sub-Registrar. These committees have been directed to monitor water availability and coordinate with farmers.

Similarly, the Sub-Collector of Mayiladuthurai and the Revenue Divisional Officer of Nagapattinam will monitor water availability in their respective divisions.

Mr. Annadurai ascertained the situation from the officials of Public Works Department, agricultural department and the cooperative societies. He sought information on the status of the regulator system at Thirumarugal area.

According to the PWD, as of Monday noon water was reported to have crossed Nanillam. The turn system that had commenced on September 19 was scheduled to continue till the evening of September 25 and the released water was expected to reach the tail- end areas by Wednesday.

According to the officials, the work of the PWD would commence after water reached the tail-end areas. With the quantum of water released from the Mettur dam increased to 20,000 cusecs and in the backdrop of complaints of non-availability of water in the tail- end areas, the Collector had ordered a monitoring mechanism, following which the meeting was convened.

Following the meeting, Mr. Annadurai, accompanied by PWD officials, inspected the channels in the Thirumarugal area.

71,316 get crop loans

About 71,316 farmers have received Rs.240.99 crore as crop loans. This includes loans from cooperative banks to about 6,351 farmers to the tune of Rs.16.23 crore and loans from commercial banks to about 64,965 farmers to the tune of Rs.224.76 crore.

According to the district administration, the expected area of samba cultivation was 1,10,300 ha and nurseries have been raised in 5,256 ha.

About 2,300 tonnes of seeds have been distributed and about 920 tonnes was available with the agricultural depots. About 9,676 tonnes of urea, 3,285 tonnes of DAP, 3,115 tonnes of MOP and 1,940 tonnes of complex fertilizers have been distributed.

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