Tamil Nadu

Crop yield contest for farmers

A State-level crop yield competition will be conducted for the farmers who have cultivated paddy under the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique and the winner will receive Rs. 5 lakh.

In a statement, Joint Director of Agriculture C. Chandrasekaran said the SRI Crop Yield Competition would be conducted in each district. Based on the competition at the district-level, the State-level winner would be decided.

Entrance fee for participants was Rs. 150. Aspiring farmers could enrol their names with the Assistant Director of Agriculture of their respective blocks by paying the entrance fee. The entrance fees thus paid would not be refunded.

The date of harvest of the field should be intimated to the Assistant Director concerned either in person or by registered post 10 days before the harvest. The field selected for the SRI Crop Yield Competition would be inspected by the Assistant Director concerned. The yield estimate of the field would be assessed by the inspecting officer. If the estimated yield was below 2,500 kg per acre, the field would be rejected.

Mr. Chandrasekaran said the harvest of the field would be conducted in the presence of a four-member team comprising the Joint Director of Agriculture or his representative, Collector or his representative, Commissioner of Agriculture or his representative and an approved progressive farmer.

Harvesting would be done on a minimum of 50 cents land and based on the yield in the plot, the yield in one hectare would be calculated. The farmer getting the highest yield in the State would be selected based on the district-level competition.

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