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Samba transplantation nearing completion

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Target of 1,05,000 hectares to be achieved by November 15

THANJAVUR: Samba transplantation has been completed on 85,392 hectares against the target of 1,05,000 hectares in Thanjavur district.

“Transplantation has been completed almost in all the parts of the district except some pockets in Thiruvaiyaru and Pattukottai. The target of 1,05,000 hectares will be achieved as transplantation could go on till November 15,” said B. Senthamil Selvan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Thanjavur district.

Farmers have gone mostly for CR1009 variety which has a duration of 155 days. Other varieties raised by the farmers are ADT38, C43, ADT39, Vellai Ponni, etc., These varieties have a duration of 120 to 145 days.

“Ten days of rain has delayed the transplantation lest the target could have been achieved by now,” said Senthamil Selvan. Unusual mist now is causing concern as it may trigger pest and disease attack. But precautionary measures have been taken, he added.

With respect to thaladi, the crop had been raised on 20,000 hectares against the target of 30,000 hectares. Under System Rice Intensification (SRI) method 25,000 hectares hadbeen covered under samba. SRI helps in reducing water requirement and increases production.

Kuruvai crop was raised on 43,000 hectares in the district this year.

Harvest has been completed on 41,900 hectares. The average yield is six tonnes per hectare. In areas where the crop was raised using SRI method, the yield was 7.5 tonnes per hectare.

He said that there is adequate stock of fertilisers with the Co-operationDepartment. “Urea is required now for top dressing of samba crop and it is available in adequate quantity,” Senthamil Selvan said.

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