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Tiruchi dt. farmers seek relief for crop damage

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Blackgram and gingelly are the worst affected


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    TIRUCHI: : Farmers of Tiruchi district have sought compensation from the Government for the damage caused to blackgram and gingelly crops by the recent rain.

    Raising the issue at a farmers' grievances day meeting here today, the president of the District Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, G. Kanagasabai, observed that blackgram crop in about 1,400 hectares in Lalgudi, Pullampadi and Manachanallur areas have been damaged during the summer shower. The crop was affected almost at the harvest stage. There have also been reports of damage to gingelly crop in certain parts of the district, he said and urged the district administration to recommend suitable compensation to the affected farmers. The district administration should undertake an immediate survey to assess the exact extent of the crop damage, he suggested.

    Former MLA Venkatesa Dikshithar pointed out that pulses were a seasonal crop and emphasised the need for providing relief for the ryots.

    Earlier, responding to queries on the sanction of compensation to banana growers whose crops were destroyed in a gale recently in the district, the District Revenue Officer, P. Senthilkumar, who was in the chair, informed the farmers that the district administration had recommended the sanction of Rs.40,000 per acre for about 3,050 banana growers whose crops were damaged. Banana plantations on about 1,015 hectares were estimated to have been damaged, he added.

    A section of the farmers, including Mr. Kanagasabai and P. Ayyakannu, State General Secretary, Bharathiya Kisan Sangh, urged the Government to press Karnataka to implement the interim award of the Tribunal.

    Mr. Kanagasabai said the Tamil Nadu Government should mount pressure on Karnataka well in advance so that the Mettur reservoir could be opened in time for irrigation on June 12.

    Mr.Ayyakannu pleaded for the construction of check-dams on the Cauvery and Coleroon before implementing the New Veeranam Extension Project. The Government should ensure sufficient water availability for farmers before executing the scheme.

    He pointed out that the inflow into the Cauvery owing to the recent rain was diverted in the Coleroon and construction of check-dams could help harvest the water. Responding to a plea from R. Raja Chidambaram, Mr. Senthil Kumar said the district administration had forwarded proposals for taking up contract farming in Tiruchi district.

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