Farm production to be increased

REVIEW: Collector R. Palaniyandi chairing agriculture production committee meeting in Tuticorin on Thursday. Photo. N.RAJESH  

Staff Reporter

Collector chairs agriculture production committee meeting

Tuticorin: A meeting of agriculture production committee convened by the district administration here on Thursday evaluated the performance of agriculture and allied departments during the last fiscal and discussed ways and means to augment agriculture production in the district this year.

Collector R. Palaniyandi, who chaired the meeting, said productivity of rice in the district was 4,341 kg per hectare last fiscal and it would be increased to 4,900 kg per hectare this year.

"To achieve the target, 21,000 ha would be brought under paddy cultivation and good quality seeds of all varieties would be distributed at subsidised rates," he said adding that a total of 1,02,900 metric tonnes of rice was expected to be produced in the district during the current fiscal.

Similarly millets such as cholam, fodder sorghum, bajra and maize would be cultivated on 54,000 ha this financial year and productivity was expected to touch 5,500 kg/ha, an increase of 602 kg/ha over the last fiscal.

The envisaged production of millets this fiscal was 83,600 metric tonnes.

Dr. Palaniyandi said "we expect production of 24,300 metric tonnes of pulses such as blackgram, greengram and cowpea at a productivity rate of 1,400 kg per hectare between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007 if the crop conditions are favourable."

The targeted oilseed production for the current fiscal was 8,190 metric tonne from 11,000 ha of cultivation.

"Of the 11,000 ha, groundnut would be raised on 3,000 ha, gingelli on 6,800 ha and sunflower on 1,200 ha."

S. Shahul Hameed, Joint Director of Agriculture, A. Francis Vedamanicakam, Assistant Director of Horticulture, and R. Bharat Kumar, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, spoke.