TAMIL NADU

Four agro-based projects awaiting clearance

PERAMBALUR, OCT.11 . The District-level Committee has cleared four agro-based industrial projects under the New Anna Marumalarchi Thittam in Perambalur district. The projects, envisaging a total of outlay of Rs.1.15 crores, have been recommended to the State-level Co-ordination Committee for clearance.

While three projects pertaining to manufacture of gur involves an outlay of Rs.25 lakhs each, the fourth proposal was for setting up a cattle-feed production unit at an outlay of Rs.40 lakhs.

Hitherto, entrepreneurs in western part of Tamil Nadu especially Erode, Tiruchengode and Karur were involved in production of gur. For the first time, entrepreneurs of Perambalur district have taken up the work due to promotion of contract farming in sugarcane, says the General Manager, District Industries Centre (DIC), S. Asokan.

While gur units would be set up at Jayamkondam, Tirumanur and Veppur blocks, the cattle-feed unit would come up at Veppur block. The Jayamkondam branch of the State Bank of India and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation, Tiruchi, had agreed to extend assistance to set up these units, he added.

Investment of Rs.2.5 lakhs, towards machinery, was required to set up a gur unit. On an average, the daily production would be 1.5 tonnes, which was equivalent to 10 per cent of 15 tonnes of cane used for the purpose. The unit would fetch anywhere between Rs.1,500 and Rs. 1,600 a tonne as compared to a maximum of Rs.745 the growers used to get from factories for every tonne of cane.

The DIC had to take additional efforts regarding the cattle-feed unit. The entrepreneurs were taken to similar units at Namakkal district where they were exposed to the advantages of using cereals, maize, oil cake, groundnut and a little amount of molasses for attractive returns. They utilised the consultancy services of the DIC of Namakkal district. (One of the Namakkal units had been functioning under the New AMT.)

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