Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s announcement of a 54.65-crore special package for farmers of the delta districts to save the kuruvai crop includes 12 hours of power supply, 1,000 HDPE pipes at full subsidy, micronutrients for 50,000 acres identified as micronutrient deficient areas and zinc sulphate for 1 lakh acres to remove the salinity of the land.
Farmers welcome Jaya’s Rs 54.65 crore sops to boost Kuruvai
Farmers have welcomed the chief minister’s announcements. The subsidy would be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the farmers, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a statement after she chaired a high-level meeting to review the kuruvai cultivation in delta areas in the Secretariat on Wednesday.
At an outlay of Rs 40 crore, a subsidy of Rs 4,000 per acre would be directly transferred to the bank accounts of farmers who take up Kuruvai cultivation through farm implements.
The Mettur dam is usually opened on June 12 if the storage level is at least at the 90 feet level. However, it is only at 45.82 feet level at present – which amounts to around 15.281 tmcft.
The chief minister said the farmers in the areas of Cauvery’s tributaries and Kallanai canals had not been take up kuruvai for many years now. They can make a living by cultivating short term pulses on 15,000 acres by using the southwest monsoon, for which they will get a subsidy of 1,400 per acre at a cost of 2.10 crore to the government.
For the benefit of farmers facing water shortage along the Cauvery, a subsidy of Rs. 1,400/acre would be provided for cultivating millets. About Rs. 2.10 crore has been earmarked for providing subsidy to over 15,000 acres.
“The six Cauvery Delta Districts have received sufficient rainfall in the current summer season and it has led to a rise in the ground water table.I have ordered measures to encourage farmers to go in for large scale Kuruvai crop cultivation,” the Chief Minister said.