Rent of paddy harvesters shoots up

Paddy harvesting in progress at Neivasal in Thanjavur district.   | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

As samba harvest gathers momentum in Tiruchi, Thanjavur and other delta districts, the rent for paddy harvesters has also seen a spike.

Ever since the harvest season began a few weeks ago, a large number of paddy harvesting machines have been brought to various parts of Tiruchi and Thanjavur districts to cash in on the demand.

Most of the machines are from Athoor, Chinna Salem, Salem, Namakkal and Erode districts.

Camping at important paddy cultivating centres, including Lalgudi, Pullambadi, Musiri and Thottiam, the machine operators go to remote villages to harvest paddy.

Since most farmers find the harvesting machines easier than manual labour, there is great demand for them. Hence, the operators have increased the rent this year.

The rent for a harvesting machine has gone up to ₹2,400 for harvesting paddy on dry and wet fields, up from ₹2,000 last year. It is ₹1,600 per hour for harvesting dry fields.

“We have no other option other than to increase the rent as the operating cost of harvesting machines such as diesel price, overhead cost, including wages for drivers and maintenance, have gone up by at least 20% this year compared to last,” said S. Jothi, an operator of Chinna Salem, now engaged in harvesting paddy at Vaduvur in Thanjavur district.

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