The ‘kuruvai’ package scheme being implemented in the district has gone down well with the farmers who have resorted to mechanised transplantation of the short duration variety suitable to the season.
The farmers of Sirkali taluk have been resorting to the mechanised transplantation of paddy nurseries. Villages in and around Tiruvazhi have taken up the transplanting process. The Agriculture Department has made necessary arrangements for supply of fertiliser and other agricultural inputs. The paddy is planned to be raised on 15,000 acres under the package scheme and the subsidy is being credited into the farmers’ savings accounts, said Collector S. Palanisamy. He said that Rs. 80 lakh has been allotted towards meeting the expenditure for mechanical transplanting of nurseries. He urged the farmers to set right the deficiency in micro-nutrients. The Agriculture Department would spend Rs. 2.38 lakh to supply micro nutrients. Further, zinc sulphate worth Rs. 8.40 lakh would be distributed to farmers, he said.
J. Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, said that the green manure would be cultivated in the Vennar area. A subsidy of Rs. 1,900 an acre would be released to farmers cultivating green manure.
Source : The Hindu