According to a report a group of farmers from some parts of the district of Tamilnadu has urged the district administration to take immediate action to conduct a survey for sanctioning relief to farmers whose ‘samba’ paddy had been affected by blast disease. The disease had caused extensive damage to ‘BPT 5204’ variety which is more prone for the problem. Mr S. Thomas, one of the farmers from Nathamadipatti near Tiruverambur, informed that he had raised ‘BPT 5204’ on 12 acres, with a hope on harvesting at least 30 bags of 60 kg each per acre will be recovered. Although, he expected 360 bags from his fields, however, he could get only six bags from his total fields of 12 acres, in view of the intensity of the disease on the yield which caused the reduction in the crop yield.
Further, in this regard, most of the farmers wanted early survey of the fields, as harvest was fast approaching. It was narrated that an early assessment will go a long way in sanctioning relief to affected farmers. It will otherwise be difficult for the officials to ascertain the extent of damage, once the harvest is completed, as revealed by Mr R. Krishnakumar, another farmer of Kalkandarkottai who had cultivated the variety on six acres and who has been deferring harvest process in anticipation of relief. It was also narrated by Mr A. Nagarajan, state president of the Farmers Wing of Tamil Manila Congress, that he had already submitted a memorandum in this regard about a fortnight ago and urged the district administration to take immediate action for conducting the survey accordingly.