Untimely Rains Affecting Paddy Harvest
Delta district farmers recently claimed that untimely rains have hampered the paddy harvest. They urged the Tamil Nadu government to open Direct Purchase Centres (DPC) and procure paddy with upto 20 percent moisture in order to avoid exploitation by middlemen. During the farmer’s grievances meeting held at the district collectorate office recently, General Secretary of the Federation of Farmers of Delta districts, Arupathy Kalyanam submitted a memorandum to the state government in this regard.
He also stated that the areas under cultivation were till time using pump set irrigation, Kalyanam said that the unseasonal rains have badly affected the crops. The paddy as a reason of these untimely rains now contain moisture content which is being exploited by middlemen who are procuring the yield at a very low cost, about Rs. 200 less than the minimum support price per quintal citing moisture content. He has urged the government to open Direct Procurement Centres immediately through Tamil Nadu civil supplies corporation and procure paddy with moisture content up to 20 percent.
He has also urged the government to release some financial aid from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) at the rate of INR 30,000 per acre. The state government should also appeal to the centre to entrust the entire crop insurance scheme to the Agriculture Insurance Company of India and avoid private insurance companies, which are oriented only towards profit, he quoted. He has also request a compensation of INR 10 lakh each to the families of farmers who have died due to drought or crop loss.
By BOA Bureau