'Agricultural loans to the tune of Rs. 3,116 crores waived'
Dharmapuri: The Government has allotted a sum of Rs. 60 crores to implement the Farmers Security Scheme in the State.
Of this a sum of Rs. 2.17 crores had been allotted to Dharmapuri district. It would benefit 2,88,963 farmers, said Minister for Information and Publicity and Local Administration K.P. Anbazhagan at a function here on Saturday.
The Government had waived agricultural loans to the tune of Rs. 3,116 crores in the past four years. Of this, agricultural loans totalling Rs. 17.70 crores worth had been waived in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts benefiting 1,20,268 farmers. In addition, a sum of Rs. 107.40 crores had been waived in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts in the current year benefiting 95,897 farmers.
Mr. Anbazhagan said that a sum of Rs. 35 crores was spent under the Drought-Prone Area Programme (DPAP) and Integrated Waste Land Development Programme (IWDP) to construct 189 watersheds in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. A total of 90,000 hectares of land were utilised under the programme. Along with this, 14, 743 electricity connections were provided to farmers under various schemes from 2001 till date.
The Tamil Nadu Precision Farming Project, inspired by Israeli technology, was being implemented in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts at an outlay of Rs. 7.20 crores.
The project was implemented in 100 hectares during 2004-05 and had been increased to 200 hectares in the current year. Based on the success of the project, the State Government had allotted a sum of Rs. 10 crores to extend the project to six more districts in the State.
A sum of Rs. 4.27 crores had been allotted to upgrade the Bengondapuram tank in Pocchampalli taluk to irrigate 991.03 hectares. The right main canal of the Krishnagiri dam had been extended to Bommasamudiram and Karimangalam at an estimate of Rs. 7.06 crores to irrigate 857.12 hectares.
Similarly, the irrigation canals of Barur tank will be extended at an outlay of Rs. 5.15 crores to irrigate 2289.5 hectares.
A check dam had been constructed in the middle of the Markandeya river at a cost of Rs. 2.33 crores.
A total of nine tanks, including the Athimutham tank, would be upgraded at an outlay of Rs. 1.50 crores to irrigate 610.75 hectares.
The Minister also distributed welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 37.53 lakhs to 809 beneficiaries under the Farmers Security Scheme. Collector M. Chandrasekaran attended.