Rs.357-crore proposal for agriculture projects

Special Correspondent

In Sivaganga in between 2008-09 and 2011-12

SIVAGANGA: A proposal has been sent to the Government to sanction Rs.356.94 crore for implementing various projects under the National Agricultural Development Programme in the district, according to Pankaj Kumar Bansal.

Speaking at the farmers’ grievance day meeting held here on Thursday he said the proposal was meant for implementing various projects between 2008-09 and 2011-12. It was aimed at achieving higher growth rate in agriculture sector during the 11th Plan period.

He said a sum of Rs.110 crore and Rs.6.98 crore were sought for agriculture and horticulture departments respectively. For establishing farm ponds, social wells and others through agricultural engineering department Rs.26.33 had been sought.

Mr. Bansal said that Rs.142 crore was required for rehabilitating 1352 tanks of Public Works Department. Similarly, Rs.14.27 crore was demanded for revamping tanks coming under Manimutharu sub basin. Similar amount was proposed for Saruganiyaru sub basin.

He added that several schemes would be implemented through line departments such as animal husbandry, forest, fisheries and others. These would be implemented immediately after the clearance from the Central and State governments.

New insurance scheme for paddy

The Collector said the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme had come out with a new insurance scheme for paddy this year also. The last date for registering the standing crop was December 15. Necessary arrangements had been made for the adequate supply of fertilizers.

M. Murthy, District Revenue Officer, R. Shanmugasundaram, A. Balakrishnan, K. Thangavelu, Personal Assistant to the Collector and others took part.

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