Special Correspondent

Samba crop in 1.03 lakh hectares by and large good: Nagapattinam Collector

Nagapattinam: The rainwater that submerged the samba and thaladi paddy crops in about 25,000 hectares in various parts of the district has receded except in about one thousand hectares in Thalainayar, Velankanni and Vedaranyam areas where incessant rain continued unabated till Tuesday night.

The Collector, Tenkasi S. Jawahar, told on Wednesday that the standing samba paddy crop had been raised in the normal area of 1.03 lakh hectares in the district and the condition of the crop was by and large good. Water has receded from the submerged paddy fields in most of the places, thanks to a brief let up in the rains in the last two days, he said.

The Collector pointed out that harvest of the short-term kuruvai paddy crop raised in about 34,000 hectares was over and the farmers had achieved an average yield of 4.15 tonnes per hectare and some progressive farmers had achieved 6.8 tonnes per hectare in Mayiladuturai area.

Transplantation of thaladi paddy crop (being raised as a double crop in the kuruvai crop area) is in full swing and it has been proposed to raise the crop in the normal area of 30,000 hectares and the entire transplantation will be completed by the end of this month, he said.

The Joint Director of Agriculture in-charge, Nagapattinam, T.Gunasekaran, told that most of the farmers had raised CR-1009 and ADT-38 paddy varieties for this samba season and the condition of the standing crop was good in the district.