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.