TAMIL NADU

“40 per cent of crop area under water in two districts”

Staff Reporter

Annual loss of Rs 1,500 crore; plea for compensation

NAGAPATTINAM: The Federation of Farmers’ Associations has claimed that about 40 per cent of cultivable area in Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur has been inundated due to the rain. If the situation were to persist for two more days, 80 to 90 per cent of paddy fields could face inundation, Mr. Arupathy Kalyanam, association general secretary, said in a press release. The repeated demands of farmers associations to the State government to ensure completion of samba cultivation by September end so that the crops could grow to three feet in height by November (before the onset of North East Monsoon and floods) have been ignored down the years, he said. Demands for removal of Ipomoea weeds and encroachments on rivers and channels were not taken up on a war-footing by successive governments. All this resulted in an annual loss of Rs.500 crore to Rs.1,500 crore. Further, the Government’s compensation was meagre. He appealed to Delta farmers to work in consultation with informed farmers associations and farmers representatives. Mr.Kalyanam also demanded adequate compensation for farmers who had spent about Rs.15,000 per acre for paddy cultivation.

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