A special ‘farm loan mela’ will be held in the district in July for ensuring expeditious and timely sanctioning of loans for agricultural operations during the forthcoming monsoon, said Darez Ahmed, District Collector.
Presiding over the Farmers Grievances Day meeting held here on Thursday, the Collector said that nationalised banks have been advised to accord priority to farm loans. The ‘mela’ would be held in July so that all the eligible farmers would be able to get their loans on time during monsoon.
The Collector also said that service centres would be started at Kolakkanatham, Maruvathur and Pudhu Vettakudi for guiding farmers on crop protection methods for major crops such as paddy, sugarcane, cotton, maize, tapioca, and onion. He said that farmers who witness sudden pest attacks or diseases in these crops could immediately contact these service centres for remedial measures.
A number of cane farmers demanded that the public sector sugar mills at Eraiyur give them timely payment for the cane supplied to them.
They also wanted expeditious execution of the co-generation plant and modernisation of the mills.
They also wanted prompt action for dredging the tanks and irrigational sources during summer so that the water received during the monsoon could be well utilised.
In his reply to their demands, the Collector assured that steps would be taken for expeditious sanctioning of power supply to agricultural bore wells.
Source : The Hindu