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Farmers told to make good use of bountiful rains

Farmers must make good use of the bountiful rains, said Collector M. Pallavi Baldev here on Friday.

Addressing the farmers’ grievance day meeting, she said that against the annual average of 829.8 mm, Theni district had so far recorded 757.59 mm. In August, while the average was 43 mm, the district recorded 156.97 mm, an excess of 113.97 mm.

In such a scenario, when the reservoirs and tanks had adequate water, farmers can plan well and get a good yield. There was adequate stock of fertilizer, including urea and potash, at the PACBs.

Farmers must adopt techniques such as SRI (system rice intensification) which not only saved money, but also time in transplanting. While the yield would be good, use of fertilizers could be minimised, she said.

Many farmers had taken to cultivation of millets on 45,000 hectares. The Centre had given a fund of Rs. 20.5 crore to promote drip irrigation. Farmers could make use of the sops and establish drip irrigation facility. The Uzhavan App had been downloaded by 6,208 farmers. They could know about many schemes of the government from the app, she said.

The farmers took a pledge not to use non-biodegradable plastic goods, and for a start, the Collector distributed cloth bags to them.

Dindigul

Against the annual average of 328.60 mm, Dindigul district received 282.06 mm this year. In August, while the average was 65.90 mm, the district received a meagre 24.81 mm, said Collector T.G. Vinay in Dindigul on Friday.

Addressing the farmers’ grievance day meeting, he said that many reservoirs had not received water to the maximum level, while Athur dam was dry.He appealed to the farmers to use water judiciously and raise crops that needed minimum water.

The farmers were explained about techniques for conserving water. They were told that by constructing farm ponds, they could improve the water table.

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