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Efforts to expand area under pulses cultivation

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Farmers to be provided credit with subsidy

Farmers to get micro nutrients, organic manure


KARUR: Efforts are under way to expand the area of pulses cultivation besides imparting technology to the farmers to increase productivity, according to the Joint Director of Agriculture K. Jagadeesan.

Stating that the farmers would be provided with credit that have subsidy component as built-in-facility to improve the pulses and millets production in Karur district, Mr. Jagadeesan said that under the National Food Security Mission (Pulses Programme), hand sprayers would be supplied to farmers at subsidized rates.

The sprayers that cost Rs. 2,275 would be supplied to farmers at Rs. 1,275 only. Farmers in the Karur, K. Paramathi, Thanthoni, Aravakurichi, Thogamalai and Taragampatti block would benefit out of the special programme.

Under the Rainfed Area Development Programme it has been planned to raise cholam and toor dal in 1,250 acres in the district. To establish field demonstration plots a sum of

Rs. 2,000 is being granted as subsidy to farmers. Farmers would also get micro nutrients, hybrid seeds, organic manure, vermi compost and plant protection implements. While during the last year tor dal was raised in over 8,000 acres, plans were on the anvil to increase the coverage area in the current year, Mr. Jagadeesan said.

Through intensive fodder crop production it has been planned to implement the Nutrient Protection Movement in the district under which subsidies demonstration plots would be readied. More than 500 farmers would be imparted training and for all the works, a sum of Rs. 35.73 lakh has been sanctioned as subsidy.

Mr. Jagadeesan pointed out that farmers would be assisted to construct vermi compost sheds at 63 places and construction of each shed would attract a subsidy of Rs. 30,000.

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