Samba paddy has been raised in about 44,160 hectares in Tiruchi district so far against the normal coverage of 62,500 hectares (ha). Disclosing this at the farmers' grievances day meeting here on Friday, J.Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, said the system of rice intensification technique (SRI) has been adopted in about 26,400 ha so far during this season.

During the kuruvai season this year, M.Abdul Rahman, a farmer from Manakkal in Lalgudi taluk has recorded the maximum yield of 10,500 kg from a hectare by adopting the SRI technique. The average paddy yield under SRI technique during the kuruvai season was 8,100 kg a ha against the average yield of 6,406 kg raised under conventional method.

The Department has distributed about 599.47 tonnes of certified paddy seeds for samba season. Mr.Sekar said that there were adequate stocks of fertilizers to meet the demand for the samba season. About 1,920 tonnes of urea, 706 tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate, 410 tonnes of potash and 966 tonnes of complex fertilizers were available with primary agricultural cooperative societies and private dealers. Mr.Sekar appealed to the farmers to insure their crop before December 15. Horticulture Department officials informed that Rs.3.30 crore has been allotted for the district under the National Horticulture Mission for promotion of horticultural crops.

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