TAMIL NADU

Concern over move to raise urea price

Tell your problems: A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, presiding over a farmers’ grievance day meeting in Nagapattinam on Wednesday.

Tell your problems: A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, presiding over a farmers’ grievance day meeting in Nagapattinam on Wednesday.  

Staff Reporter

Plea to protect pulses on over 2 lakh hectares from pests

NAGAPATTINAM: Farmers expressed concern over proposed hike in urea price at the grievance day meeting held here on Wednesday.

They wanted to know the channels and rivers that would be taken up for desilting by the Public Works Department as the State government had allotted over Rs.12 crore for the work.

A. Alexander, Kadaimadai Paasana Vivasayigal Sangam, sought steps to revive and relocate the uzhavar sandhai at Mayiladuthurai for its viable functioning.

He complained that some finance institutions were lending micro finance to farmers at an exorbitant rate of interest.

A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, noted down the names of such finance companies.

Demanding Rs.2,000 for a tonne of sugarcane as against the current support price of Rs.1,550, Mr. Alexander pointed out that sugar mills were offering a price of Rs.1,720 per tonne.

Another farmer said that leak in the underground drainage system posed the risk of polluting the Sathyavanan Channel and the groundwater. He said that illicit arrack was being sold in Vedaranyam area. To this, the DRO assured that quick action would be taken.

Sambandam, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said the State government should procure ‘karthigai kizhangu,’ a horticultural crop with medicinal value, which was under cultivation on about 500 acres in Vedaranyam.

Kaveri Danapalan, Cauvery Farmers Protection Association, deplored the high-level of pest attack on pulses. Over 2 lakh hectares was under pulses and the condition should be set right. Removal of ipomoeas should be taken up on a priority basis under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Answering a query, A. Thanikachalam, lead bank manager, Indian Overseas Bank, said Rs.50 crore was available with the bank for disbursal of credit up to March 2010.

Vishwanathan, Senior Regional Manager, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, R.V.Karunakaran, Joint Director, Agriculture, V.Thirunavukkarasu, District Forest Officer, S.Suryakala, Project Officer, Magalir Thittam, were present.

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