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Fresh survey to assess crop damage, says Collector

The extent of damage to various crops, due to drought, which were left out during the previous study would be assessed again, said Collector K.Rajamani said here on Friday.

Speaking at the farmers’ grievance meeting here, he said though a survey was conducted and a report sent to the government, the government sought a fresh survey as there were representations from farmers that damage caused to some crops was not taken into consideration and some areas were omitted. Revenue, Agriculture and Horticulture Department officials would conduct a fresh survey and a report would be sent.

The Collector was responding to P.Ayyakannu, president, Desiya Thennindia Nadigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam, who complained that damage caused to coconut trees was not assessed for sanction of relief. If any area or crop was left out, farmers should inform the officials at the respective taluk.

“If there is any problem, bring it to my notice,” he said.

Earlier, M.P.Chinnadurai, district president, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, produced a bunch of maize plants and said they have been badly hit at the flowering stage. He urged the authorities to take this damage into account while sending a report.

Replying to questions on sanction of compensation under crop insurance scheme during 2016-17, Mr.Rajamani said that 22,777 farmers had insured their crops on an area of about 47,010 acres. In the first phase, ₹5 crore has been sanctioned as compensation to 3,326 farmers. Of this, ₹2 crore has been credited to accounts of farmers at primary agricultural cooperative societies.

The remaining ₹3 crore would be credited to accounts of farmers by nationalised banks. In the second phase, ₹20.50 crore has been sanctioned to 11,734 farmers but the money was yet to be received. So far, about 15,000 farmers have been sanctioned compensation.

The Collector expressed dissatisfaction over Tangedco’s performance in providing free farm power connections to farmers who were on the wait list since 2015-16. The Tangedco, in response to a query raised by P.Viswanathan, president, Tamizhaga Eri Mattrum Attru Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam, said that 367 connections were provided out of the target of 1360 fixed under various schemes for 2015-16.

Similarly, only 348 connections have been provided out of the target of 1085 fixed for 2016-17. An official said that the remaining connections would be provided as soon as necessary equipment was received. Mr.Rajamani said if the targets were not achieved, he would take up the matter with higher authorities.

He informed farmers that Aavin was prepared to procure any quantity of milk and if any milk producer was turned away it could be brought to his notice. Wherever necessary, more milk producers cooperative societies could be opened.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/fresh-survey-to-assess-crop-damage-says-collector/article19189741.ece

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