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Thoothukudi to get 1,800 tonnes of urea

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Water may be released from dam for paddy cultivation

Collector Sandeep Nanduri said the urea shortage in the district would vanish soon as 1,800 tonnes of the chemical nutrient from various fertilizer companies would arrive here within a week.

Raising the issue in the grievance redressal meet here on Thursday, farmers Radhakrishnan and Mariappan, along with the MDMK farmers’ wing members, said farming operations during ‘pisanam’ paddy season (between October and February) would be seriously affected due to urea shortage.

Presiding over the meeting, Mr. Sandeep said the private fertilizer manufacturing unit, which had been closed for a month for maintenance, had resumed production and the urea from this unit would be available in the market shortly.

Even as 243 tonnes of urea was available with the private sellers and the cooperative societies in the district, 1,800 tonnes of urea from three manufacturing units would arrive at Thoothukudi within a week to end the crisis, he informed.

The Collector said the district administration had appealed to the State Government to ensure release of 1,400 cusecs of water from Papanasam Dam for ‘pisanam’ paddy cultivation in Thoothukudi district for 154 days from October 30 to March 31, 2020.

The government was expected to issue the order within a day or two.

When farmer Thamizh Mani of Kurumbur appealed to the Collector to ensure permanent arrangements to remove water weeds getting accumulated in the Srivaikundam Dam, Mr. Sandeep informed that the manual removal of these plants from the dam had been planned during the monsoon.

Fall Armyworm

The farmers, holding corn with Fall Armyworm attack, raised the issue in the meeting saying that the crop had suffered heavy damage owing to the pest attack even after the pesticide prescribed by the Agriculture Department was sprayed.

Mr. Sandeep immediately instructed the Agriculture Department officials to visit the affected fields.

“Moreover, a team from Killikulam Agriculture College and Research Institute will also inspect the affected ranches,” the Collector said.

Officials from the Department of Forest informed the farmers that they could grow sandalwood trees in their farms on getting the saplings from Department of Forest and cut the trees on getting prior permission from the Department.

Intervening, Mr. Sandeep informed that the district administration would take steps for growing sandalwood tree saplings through District Rural Development Agency and distributing them to farmers.

The Collector thanked the farmers who joined hands with the district administration in the recently conducted Tamirabharani mega cleaning initiative.

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