Under the District Collector Dr. R. Brinda Devi, the monthly Farmers Grievance Redressal Day meeting took on Friday focusing on the economic development of farmers and agricultue in Salem district.
One of the key highlights of the meeting was the assurance of adequate fertilizer stocks in all private and cooperative societies across Salem district. An inventory, including Urea (5,572 metric tons), DAP (1,867 metric tons), potash (3,313 metric tons), and complex fertilizers (15,035 metric tons), totaling 25,787 metric tons, has been stocked to support farmers in their agricultural endeavors. As of December 2023, agricultural crops have been cultivated in an extensive area of 1,95,526.1 hectares, with Salem district receiving 11.20 mm of rainfall in January 2024 against its normal annual average of 997.9 mm.
District Collector Dr. R Brinda Devi, directed that government officers participate in the monthly grievance redressal meetings, emphasizing the importance of addressing farmers' concerns promptly. Officials were instructed to prioritize petitions submitted by farmers. Earlier in the day, an exhibition organized by the Animal Husbandry Department at the District Collectorate showcased advancements in cattle fodder production, further underlining the government's focus on comprehensive agricultural development.
The meeting brought together key officials, including District Revenue Officer Dr.P. Menaka, Joint Director of Agriculture Mr.S. Singharam, Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies Mr. P. Iravikumar, Deputy Director of Horticulture Mrs. G. Malini, Zonal Joint Director (P) of Animal Husbandry Department Dr. R. S. D. Babu, and Assistant District Collector (Agriculture) Ms. N. Neelambal.