Declare State as drought-hit: Farmers

Updated - December 02, 2016 05:39 pm IST

Published - November 26, 2016 12:00 am IST - NAGAPATTINAM:

The Federation of Farmers’ Associations of Delta Districts has urged the government to declare the State as drought-hit and sanction compensation to farmers.

In a representation made to the District Collector at the farmers grievances meeting here on Friday, Arupathi Kalyanam, general secretary of the association, said farmers could not get adequate water for irrigation following the delayed opening of Mettur reservoir and the current poor storage in the dam.

There has also been a deficit in rainfall during the North-East monsoon, he added.

The samba paddy crop in the delta districts cannot be saved, he claimed and urged the government to declare the State as drought-hit and sanction a compensation of Rs.30,000 an acre to the affected farmers.

Meanwhile, Collector S. Palanisamy urged farmers to insure their crop. The premium can be paid at the primary agricultural cooperative societies, Kumbakonam Central Cooperative Bank branches, nationalised banks or New India Assurance Company branches. Farmers should produce their Aadhaar number, copy of bank account passbook, chitta adangal or a certificate for having cultivated the crop from the village administrative officer.

Besides, the premium can also be paid at service centres at the offices of the Assistant Director of Agriculture and agents of New India Assurance Company. Details about the crop insurance scheme can be had from the New India Assurance Company office at Nagapattinam, the Collector said.

Mr. Palanisamy disclosed that the district had received only 116.33 mm of rainfall so far this month against the normal average of 476.68 mm for November. The district has received 612.74 mm of rainfall so far this year against the normal average of 1,261.30 mm for the period, showing a deficit of 648.56 mm, he added.

The district had received only 116.33 mm of rainfall so far this month

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