Damage assessment under way in Thanjavur

TELLTALE SIGNS: The damaged crops at Puliakudi in Thanjavur district. — Photo: M. Srinath  

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Assessment of damage caused by the recent floods to the paddy crop in Thanjavur district is going on, since water has receded from most of the fields.

The assessment is conducted by officials of the Revenue and Agriculture Departments, officials sources said.

Village Administrative Officers of the Revenue Department and the Assistant Agriculture Officers will interact with farmers and corroborate their claims through inspection of the fields.

The Agriculture Department has estimated that the crop on 12,000 hectares has been damaged. But a clear picture will emerge only after the assessment is completed, Agriculture Department officials said.

The samba and thaladi crop had been raised on 1,41,000 hectares in Thanjavur district, and the crop on 71,000 hectares was submerged.

The officials are assessing the damage on a total as well as partial basis. "If the crop cannot be sustained, it is considered total damage; if the damage is fifty per cent, it is partial," they said.

Thiruvaiyaru worst hit

The worst affected area is the Thiruvaiyaru taluk, followed by Papanasam, Thanjavur and Orathanadu.

The crop in other areas is in good condition. But Bacterial Leaf Blight has struck at many places. The disease will turn the leaves brown. Cow dung can be sprayed to control the disease. If the attack is severe, pseudomonas florescence can be sprayed.

Farmers of Thanjavur distict have raised the long-term crops of ADT44, CR1009 (Savithri) and the medium-term ADT38 and ADT 39.

The samba crop will be harvested in the first week of January.

In Thokur and other villages around the Grand Anaicut, land is silted up.

The crop was totally damaged after the Cauvery burst banks.

The damage assessment is going on in Tiruvarur too.