Special Correspondent


opened 230 direct

purchase centres

in Nagapattinam

NAGAPATTINAM: The samba paddy procurement by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation in Nagapattinam district will touch the two lakh-tonne mark in a few days, Collector M. Jayaraman said on Friday.

At the farmers’ grievances day meeting, he said that despite the fall in the yield due to the damage caused by the heavy rains in November, the procurement was good.

The corporation had opened 230 direct purchase centres for buying paddy from farmers. The daily arrival at the centre was in the order of 5,000 tonnes. Most farmers sold the paddy at the centres, thanks to the good price offered by the government.

Mr. Jayaraman said the harvest of samba and thaladi crops was nearing completion. The samba was cultivated on 1.01 lakh hectares and thaladi on 34,000 hectares. The yield came down to 50 per cent at many places, as the crops were affected by the rain.

Most of the farmers reaped only three tonnes per hectare against the normal average of six tonnes. The summer paddy was grown on 860 hectares this year.

He said full compensation was given to farmers whose crops were damaged in the rain and Rs.92 crore was disbursed to 1.95 lakh farmers. More than 1.75 lakh farmers had insured their crops for Rs.375 crore this year.