To encourage farmers to increase acreage under direct paddy sowing, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced Rs 30 crore as subsidy for farmers.
Palaniswami also said that paddy is being raised in nearly 43.5 lakh acres across the state and in the Delta region, which largely rely on the Cauvery river water released from Mettur dam, paddy is cultivated in more than 13 lakh acres.
Water from Mettur dam had been released on August 13 and from Kallanai dam on August 17 and to undertake direct sowing method for which certain varieties of paddy are already kept in surplus.
“I appeal to farmers to judiciously use the Cauvery water released from Mettur dam by adopting direct paddy sowing technique. For the purpose of direct paddy sowing, I have directed the officials of Agriculture Department to keep enough stock of variety of paddy seeds such as CR 1009, CR 1009 sub-I, Ko 50, ATT 50 and TKM 13,” said Chief Minister Palaniswami.
He further said that to encourage farmers to undertake direct paddy sowing method the state government will distribute Rs 600 per acre. Based on the direction, farmers who undertake direct paddy sowing method in 5 lakh acres will be given Rs 30 crore as subsidy on a priority basis, said the Chief Minister.
Direct sowing is one of the successful methods used by farmers to reduce water usage for paddy cultivation. Researches carried in several parts of the country have proved that direct sowing technique is water effective where farmers have reduced 30 to 35 percentage of water used for cultivation.