Staff Reporter

Forum hails decision to increase the amount, but says it is inadequate

Compensation for banana, sugarcane should be hiked List of beneficiaries should be displayed in villages

NAGAPATTINAM: Farmers in the Cauvery delta region have urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to give more compensation to farmers for the loss of crops in the recent heavy rain and floods.

Arupathy Kalyanam, general secretary, Federation of Farmers Associations in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts, said on Saturday that the federation hailed the Chief Minister's announcement on increasing the compensation to Rs.7, 500 a hectare of paddy (Rs.3, 000 an acre) from the Central Calamity Relief norms of Rs.2, 500 per hectare. However, the amount was inadequate, as the farmers had spent Rs.20,000 a hectare (Rs.8,000 an acre) for raising the crop.

Mr. Kalyanam said the compensation for banana, coconut, sugarcane should also be increased. The federation had demanded Rs.20, 000 a hectare for paddy. The list of beneficiaries should be displayed in villages and put on the Government's web site.

"No provision"

K.G. Krishnamoorthy, vice-president, composite Thanjavur District Farmers Association, said the Government should have announced 50 per cent of the amount recommended to the Centre as compensation.

No provision was made in the interim budget for the compensation and waiver of interest on farm loans. There was no mention of allocation for desilting irrigation channels