7 mobile units, with one for each taluk, currently operational Farmers who spoke at the agriculturists grievances day meeting held here on Thursday, appealed to the district administration to take immediate steps to sanction more mobile centres for procuring paddy from farmers. They said that there was a strong case for starting more mobile units particularly to benefit farmers of Valangaiman.
Initiating a discussion, G.Sundaramurthy, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said that a large number of farmers in and around Valangaiman had harvested hundreds of bags of paddy and urged the district administration to start more mobile units for procuring it.
S. Natarajan, District Collector, who presided over the meeting, said that presently seven mobile units were functioning in the district at the rate of one unit for each taluk to procure paddy from farmers possessing more than 300 bags each.
There was an overwhelming response to the scheme and so far 1.20 lakh tonnes of paddy worth Rs.169 crore had been procured.
Pointing out that the district has registered a good yield in paddy, he said the average daily procurement stood at 13,466 tonnes. He assured the farmers that steps would be taken for starting more mobile units.
A section of farmers expressed concern over the exclusion of their villages from crop insurance indemnity for the loss suffered during the 2012.
They said that the procedures being followed for crop cutting experiment should be restructured to benefit genuine farmers who had lost their crops. Sathappan, a paddy grower of Needamangalm, wanted inclusion of all farmers under the scheme.
The Collector assured the farmers of necessary action. The Collector said that steps have been taken to improve water table in the district under various schemes. A sum of Rs. 20 crore has been sanctioned for setting up 1,335 artificial recharge structures in the Cauvery and Vennar rivers.
P.Manimaran, District Revenue Officer, A. Azhagirisamy, Senior Regional Manager, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation and Dhanasekaran, Joint Director of Agriculture, were present.
వరంగల్ అగ్రికల్చర్/కలెక్టరేట్ (టీమీడియా): జిల్లాలో మొట్టమొదటి సారి వరి రైతులకు మాత్రమే వడగండ్ల పరిహా రం అందుతోంది. అగ్రికల్చర్ ఇన్సూరెన్స్ కంపెనీ ఎట్టకేలకు వడగండ్ల వానకు నష్టపోయిన వరి రైతులకు పరిహారాన్ని అం దించేందుకు ముందుకు వచ్చింది. నాలుగైదు సంవత్సరాలుగా వడగండ్లవానకు నష్టపోయిన రైతులకు ఇప్పటి వ ర కు పరిహారమివ్వలేదు. 2013 రబీలో ఏప్రిల్లో కురిసిన వ డగండ్ల వానకు జిల్లాలోని 14 మండలాల్లో పంటలకు నష్టం వాటిల్లినట్లు ఆ ఇన్సూరెన్స్ కంపెనీ గుర్తించింది. వాతావరణ స్థితిగతులను గుర్తించేందుకు వాతావరణ బీమా శాఖ రాష్ట్ర వ్యాప్తంగా అన్ని సబ్స్టేషన్లలో వాతావరణాన్ని లెక్కించే యంత్రాలను ఏర్పాటు చేసింది.
వాటి ఆధారంగానే వడగండ్లను, వాతావరణాన్ని లెక్కించారు. దీంతో ఆయా మండలాల్లోని రైతులకు పరిహారమిచ్చేందుకు అగ్రికల్చర్ బీమా కంపెనీ ముందుకు వచ్చింది. జిల్లా వ్యాప్తంగా 1357 మంది వరి రైతులకు రూ. కోటి 24 లక్షల రూపాయల పరిహారాన్ని మంజూరు చేసింది. అందులో భాగంగా బుధవారం బ్యాం కు ఖాతాలు లేని బచ్చన్నపేట మండలానికి చెందిన 240, ధర్మసాగర్కు చెందిన ఒకరికి, పరకాలకు చెందిన ముగ్గురు రైతులకు రూ. 19లక్షల 65వేల రూపాయలను పరిహార చె క్లను లబ్ధిదారులకు కలెక్టర్ కిషన్ నేరుగా అందజేశారు.
14 మండలాలు, 1357 మంది రైతులు..
జిల్లాలో 14 మండలాలు వడగండ్లవానకు గురైనట్లుగా గుర్తించారు. అందులో బచ్చన్నపేట, దే వరుప్పుల, స్టేషన్ఘనపూర్, హసన్పర్తి, జనగామ, మద్దూరు, మహబూబాబాద్, మంగపేట, మరిపెడ, మొగుళ్లప ల్లి, పర్వతగిరి, రఘునాథ్పల్లి, రాయప ర్తి, తాడ్వాయి, జపఫర్గడ్ మండలాల లు ఉన్నాయి. పరహారాన్ని పూర్తిగా వరి రైతులకే అందిస్తున్నట్లు అగ్రికల్చర్ ఇ న్సూరెన్స్ కంపెనీ డీజీఓం నాగార్జున టీమీడియాకు తెలిపారు. బ్యాంకు ఖాతాలు తీసుకున్న రైతుల కు పరిహారాన్ని నేరుగా ఖాతాల్లోనే జమ చేస్తున్నట్లు స్పష్టం చేశారు. కార్యక్రమంలో వ్యవసాయ శాఖ జాయింట్ డైరెక్టర్ రామారావు, అ గ్రికల్చరల్ ఇన్సూరెన్స్ ఆఫ్ ఇండియా అధికారులు, రైతులు, తదితరులు పాల్గొన్నారు
New Delhi: Food Corporation of India (FCI) will work in collaboration with Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Thanjavur to ascertain the outturn ratio (OTR) of paddy.
The study will be conducted in 11 paddy-producing states across the country, FCI Chairman and Managing Director, Mr C Viswanath, said today after the PSU signed a memorandum of understanding with IICPT — an educational research and development institution founded in 1967.
FCI has initiated the study on behalf of Government of India, based on requests received from various states for fresh trial milling and fixation of Uniform OTR.
“The objective of the study,” Mr Viswanath revealed, “is to determine the OTR and to ascertain the milling yield of rice from paddy and the quality of milled rice obtained in different agro climatic zones in the states.” The states are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala.
The MoU was signed at the FCI headquarters in the national capital on Monday by FCI Executive Director (Quality Control) Seema Kakar and Dr. K. Singaravadivel, Principal Scientist, IICPT, in the presence of by Mr Viswanath and IICPT Director Dr. K. Alagusundaram.
The study aims to attend to the long-pending demand of the rice milling industry as well as the state governments to re-fix the OTR, keeping in view the introduction of new varieties of paddy in country as well as advancements in rice milling technologies
They used System of Rice Intensification method
For enhanced productivity:Farmers in Erode district have patronised System of Rice Intensification method of paddy cultivation on a large scale.- PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN
Thanks to adoption of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation, 70 per cent of farmers are looking forward to reaping a bumper harvest.
According to Agriculture Department officials, the harvest in is progress and the yield is in the range of 15,000 kg per hectare.
Incidentally, a farmer of Nasiyanur in Erode district N. Parameswaran received an award from the Chief Minister during the Republic Day for achieving highest agricultural productivity during 2012-13, adopting SRI method.
For having produced 6,119 kg paddy per acre, Mr. Parameswaran received the award that included Rs. 5 lakh in cash and a medal worth Rs. 3,500.
According to official sources, the productivity this year was bound to be more since the fields that had been cultivated after a gap of a year would have enhanced fertility. During 2012-13, a majority of farmers chose not to cultivate due to water inadequacy. This year, there was adequate water supply from the Bhavani Sagar Dam.
Also the monsoons did not cause extreme conditions, and there was no pest problem.
Since the success of SRI method has been proved, there would be more farmers switching over for higher productivity, there will be higher patronage, a senior official said.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department has sown ADT 38 paddy in 20 acres in the Government Seed Farm at Bhavani for distribution to farmers for the next season of paddy cultivation under SRI method.
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Samba paddy crop in over 50,000 acres in Cuddalore district has not been harvested yet owing to acute shortage of labourers and non-availability of harvest machines.
Crops that are otherwise ready for harvest well before Pongal festival are now withering in fields and if action is not taken on a war-footing, it would inflict heavy losses, say farmers. Paddy ought to be harvested within 15 days of maturity and if left exposed to the elements in the farms hulling would become difficult as the grains would fall off the stalks, resulting in much lower yield.
Vice-president of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Association K.V. Kannan told The Hindu that it was impossible to find labourers to harvest ripe paddy crop. Harvesting ought to be done within the next 10 days and it would require either 10,000 labourers or 700 harvest machines.
But, it was a tall order to mobilise such a massive workforce and harvest machines in such as short a period. Mr Kannan pointed out that paddy crops on three lakh acres in the tail end delta region, including Chidambaram, Kattumannarkoil and Bhuvanagiri, attained maturity at the same time because of direct sowing and transplantation practices.
In such a situation there was hardly any scope for spacing out the harvest. Mr Kannan noted that in earlier days, village artisans, including carpenters and ironsmiths, would join farm hands in harvesting paddy. Then they were paid in kind at the rate of seven ‘marakkal’ (a measure) for every man and five ‘marakkal’ for every woman for a day’s work.
Those days, paddy was precious for labourers who used to store grain at their house with utmost care. But, in the past 10 years, when distribution of either subsidised or free rice through Public Distribution System had come into vogue, paddy seemed to have lost its value.
President of Kollidam-Keelanai Paasanana Vivasayigal Sangam P.Vinayagamoorthy, who vouched for such a disturbing trend, said that labourers were being attracted to Tirupur, Chennai and other urban areas for taking up jobs other than agriculture or allied activities. Therefore, labour shortage had begun to put tremendous pressure on farmers and forced them to find recourse to harvest machines. But, on this score too, there was an unbridgeable demand-supply gap.
Mr Vinayagamoorthy said that there were two types of harvest machines - track-chain type that could function with ease even in wet fields, and wheel type that could be comfortable only in dry farms. Agricultural Engineering Department in Cuddalore could boast of having only two such machines (one in each category) but even these too were either sent elsewhere or under disrepair.
Mr Kannan noted that as against the requirement of 700 harvest machines, only about 300 (both government and private-owned machines put together) were available in the district. Therefore, Mr. Kannan and Mr. Vinayagamoorthy said that since paddy harvest did not brook any delay, authorities should mobilise as many harvest machines as possible to help the farmers.
He reaped 6,119 kg of paddy per acre by adopting SRI cultivation method
An Erode-based farmer, who received the Chief Minister’s special award for accomplishing the highest yield in the State, made a strong case against converting traditional irrigation canals into concrete structures.
“Lining of the canals will prevent groundwater from getting replenished. Concrete bunds also block seepage of water into fields. Had seepage of water been allowed, one could achieve higher yield,” said N. Parameswaran, who received the award from Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the presence of Governor K. Rosaiah on the Marina here as part of the Republic Day celebration.
The award included Rs. 5 lakh in cash and a medal worth Rs. 3,500.
Mr. Parameswaran, from Nasiyanur in Erode district, produced 6,119 kg of paddy per acre by adopting the system of rice intensification cultivation method (SRI). He used BPT-5204 paddy seeds, known as ‘samba masuri,’ from the Erode block agricultural extension centre.
“There was no adequate rain in 2012-2013 and both Cauvery and its tributary Bhavani dried up. I used the seepage of the drinking water released from the Lower Bhavani three times and water from wells,” he said, while acknowledging the help rendered by his mother N. Rukmani and wife P. Umadevi.
He planted 14 day-old paddy and maintained a gap of 23 cm between each plant. Weeding was done four times and the harvest was made after 130 days. He sold the yield to the Agriculture department for storage of seeds.
Mr. Parameswaran said the price fixed for paddy was not adequate as the cost of input and labour had increased.
The Chief Minister also presented Anna medal for Gallantry to six persons, Gandhi Adigal Police medal to policemen who had done outstanding work to curtail illicit liquor and Kottai Ameer Communal Harmony award to A.R. Basheer Ahamed from Coimbatore.
Earlier, the Governor hoisted the National Flag and took the salute of the three armed forces and other security agencies.
The celebrations were marked by the presentation of traditional cultural programmes of school and college students. Floats displaying achievements of various government departments were part of the customary procession taken out on the occasion.
Awards to eight others
Ms. Jayalalithaa distributed awards to eight persons who have made great contributions to the respective fields. She presented the Periyar Award to Sulochana Sampath; Anna award – Panruti S. Ramachandran; Thiru-Vi-Ka award - writer Ashokamitran; Ambedkar award - Bishop M. Prakash; Kamaraj award - Ayyaru Vandaiyar; Bharathiyar award - K. Gnanasambandan; Bharathidasan award - Radha Chellappan and K.A.P. Viswanatham Award - V. Jayadevan. Each award carried Rs 1 lakh cash, a gold medal and a citation.
Mr. Ashokamitran said he was happy to receive the award named after Thiru-Vi-Ka who, he said, was one of the pioneers of the modern Tamil prose.
Kuduregundi:dec 17, DHNS:
Agriculture Assistant Director Omkarappa said that farmers will have to invariably go for machinisation of farming at this juncture of time when finding agriculture labourers is becoming difficult.
Farmers trying their hands on the paddy crop cutting machine at Kuduregundi village in N R Pura by Agriculture Department. DH Photo
Addressing the gathering at demonstration of paddy crop cutting machine at Kuduregundi village recently he said that farmers are facing loss due to the decline in quantity of yield and because the cost of production has increased.
“Farmers and farm workers are facing lots of problems and it is due to these problems that farmers are resorting to suicide,” he said and added that one cutting machine can replace or perform the work of 35 manual workers. The yield too can go up by 25 per cent.
He said that in this proportion, there is a total land area of 15,000 hectare where paddy is grown and if this machine is used for farming them the yield can fetch about Rs 10 crore income for the taluk alone.Taluk Panchayat Member K N Shivadas inaugurated the programme by cutting the paddy crops using cutting machine. Programme was presided over by Sithur GP President Y S Ganesh.
Taluk Panchayat Member Sumathi Achar inaugurated the exhibition. Farmers Chandrashekar, Ramadas among others expressed their experience and opinion
Courtesy : http://www.deccanherald.com/content/41886/demonstration-paddy-crop-cutting-machine.html