With the north east monsoon setting in , Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts experienced widespread rains on Thursday. On Wednesday, the day of Deepavali, rains that drenched the district didn't, however, dampen the festive spirit of the people. Forecasts predict a slight drizzle for the next two days in the districts.
As a precautionary measure, holiday has been declared for schools in both districts on Thursday.
The following is the rainfall recorded in various parts of Thanjavur district during the last 24-hours ending at 8 a.m. on Thursday (in mms) : Adhirampattinam 17.20 mm, Kumbakonam 6.60, Papanasam 4.10, Thanjavur 3.80, Thiruvaiyaru 10, Thirukattuppalli 2, Vallam 9.20, Grand Anicut 2.60, Ayyampettai 6, Thiruvidaimaruthur 16, Manjalar 18.40, Neyvasal Thenpathi 7.20, Budalur 2.20, Vettikadu 6.20, Eachanviduthi 10.20, Orathanadu 9.60, Madukkur 12.60, Pattukottai 12, Peravurani 29.40, Lower Anicut 15 and Kurunkulam 6 mm.
Total rainfall recorded was 206.30 mm and the average rainfall for the district was 9.82 mm.
In Tiruvarur district, Valangaiman recorded 11.2 mm, Kodavasal 16.8 mm, Nannilam 20 mm, Thiruthuraipoondi 20.4 mm and Tiruvarur 27.6 mm during the same period.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation has procured one lakh tonnes of paddy from farmers in Tiruvarur district from October1 to October 25. According to T.Thiyagarajan, Senior Regional Manager, TNCSC, Tiruvarur district, arrival was in the order of 5000 to 6000 tonnes per day a few days back.
As it has been raining for the past three days, arrivals have come down to 2000 to 3000 tonnes per day.
Paddy with moisture content up to 18 per cent is procured at the Direct Purchase Centres. In Tiruvarur district, 304 DPCs are functioning.
Samba transplantation has been completed on 66,915 hectares in Thanjavur district, of which 30,190 hectares have been covered under the System of Rice Intensification.