15 lakh TN farmers benefitted from loan waiver: Minister

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Coimbatore, July 26 (UNI) Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Minister Veerapandi S Arumugam today said under the UPA Government announcement of waiving of farmers' loans through the nationalised banks, Rs 5,270 crore has been waived off in the state.

After inaugurating the one-day workshop on "System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and National Agricultural Development Programmes (NADP)", he said the scheme benefitted 15 lakh farmers in the state.

He called upon the District Collectors to convene a meeting with Agricultural Department every month and review with officials the development of agriculture in the districts.He told 14 District Collectors and State level department officials that the Collectors had every right to take action against those erring officials.

He said the District Collectors should identify lands to set up more "Uzhavar Sandhai"( Farmer's Market), where the farmers were getting the right price for their produce when they sell directly to consumers.

He said during the current fiscal year, the department had targeted to produce 108 lakh metric tonnes food grains from 45.50 lakh hectres of land in the State. Last year food grain production was 100.35 lakh metric tonnes from 42.0 lakh hectres of land, he added.

Mr Arumugam said after achieving the success in the application of new technologies like precision farming, the Government had targeted to cultivate 18,800 hectres by spending Rs 63.68 crore this year in 29 districts in the State.

He said following this, productivity had increased between 200 to 700 per cent.

Stating that the fund was not a problem for developing dry lands to cultivable lands, he said during the current year Rs 3.70 crore had been allocated for this purpose.


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