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Steps to boost agriculture production in Tuticorin dt.

Staff Reporter

A meeting was held to evaluate performance of departments

TUTICORIN: The district administration convened an agriculture production committee meeting here on Thursday to evaluate the performance of all line departments such as agriculture, horticulture, agri-engineering, fisheries and animal husbandry during the current fiscal till August end.

Addressing senior officials of the departments, S. Arumugam, Personal Assistant (agriculture) to the Collector, who chaired the meeting, said that the Agriculture Department would distribute 70,000 azos phyrillium, 40,000 phospho bacteria and 30,400 rhizobium to farmers before Dec. 31, to improve the atmospheric nitrogen contents in the soil and thereby enhance soil quality to get better yields.

He said the Agriculture Department would bring 10,000 hectares, spread over Kovilpatti, Kayathar, Vilathikulam, Pudur and Ottapidaram blocks under contract farming during the current crop season to raise maize, and National Agriculture Federation had agreed to procure the entire produce.

During the recently concluded `advanced kar season' (July-August), paddy was cultivated on 4,323 hectares in the district and an average of 4,402 kg of rice was obtained per a hectare, which was more than the State average.

Standing crop of paddy for the ensuing kar season (September-October) was by and large in good condition and free from pest attacks so far.

The Agriculture Department started distribution of paddy seeds for Pishanam season, for which the sowing starts in October, he added.

Besides, the Agriculture Department started distribution of certified seeds of millet, pulses and cotton to farmers for cultivation in rain-fed areas.

Certified seeds would help farmers enhance productivity to greater heights, he said.

Animal Husbandry Department officials said that 144 mass conduct programmes would be conducted in over 12 blocks during the current fiscal.

The camps were aimed at administering vaccination to animals.

Shahul Hameed, Joint Director of Agriculture, and Bharat Kumar, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, were present.

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