Stating that July recorded 117.93 mm until Wednesday, far above the normal rainfall of 36.8 mm, Collector M. Pallavi Baldev on Thursday appealed to farmers to make full utilisation of copious water and aim for higher productivity.

Presiding over the monthly farmers’ grievance meeting, she said the annual rainfall for the district was 829.8 mm. So far, it had received 579.2 mm. “This month, we received heavy rain that was three times higher than the normal rainfall.”

The stock of fertilizers were sufficient and the district had urea (1,598 metric tons), DAP (64 mt), potash (1,672 mt) and others (2,521 mt). All primary agriculture cooperative societies and private societies had been instructed to display the price and availability of stocks on a daily basis. Special squads had been put in place to check irregularities.

Seeking the cooperation of ryots on the use of drip irrigation, Ms. Baldev said the district had received Rs. 20.5 crore and more farmers could benefit. The government offered subsidy and the method would facilitate efficient water management.

After farmers from Thevaram complained about elephant menace, the Collector listed steps taken by forest officials to tackle it.

Officials said that only 5,880 users had downloaded the “Uzhavan App” and urged more farmers to derive benefit. The specially designed app by the Department of Agriculture had a number of features for farmers. It disseminated on subsidies and tools that helped in boosting crop revenue, among other features.

The Collector gave away subsidy orders/cheques to farmers to the tune of Rs. 7.20 lakh. Joint Director (Agriculture) S. Mohamed Abdul Nazar, JD (Horticulture) K.J. Kishore Kumar, PA (Agriculture) Sendilkumar and other officers participated.

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