Under the Kalaignar All-Village Integrated Agricultural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture, 47,584 farmers have benefited in the last 3 years in the Erode district.
A press release issued by Rajagopal Sunkara said: the scheme was launched on 23rd May 2021 to improve the barren lands in the villages, augment water resources, instal solar pumps, add value addition to agricultural produces, support marketing, adoption of micro-irrigation system, increase milk production, issuance of new pattas through revenue department, provide crop loans through co-operative societies, cleanse canal irrigation water lines, provide new electricity connections to farmers etc . In this scheme, 60 village panchayats were identified and 48 barren land clusters were developed in the financial year 2021-22. Groundwater surveys have been carried out in all of them and 11 borewells have been laid in potential wasteland clusters, free electricity connections have been provided and micro-irrigation facilities have been established. Also, free coconut saplings, pulses seeds, power sprayers, farm implements have been provided at a cost of Rs 64.10 lakh fund. 15,780 farmers have benefited. In the financial year 2022-23, 44 village panchayats have been identified and 20 barren land plots have been improved, ground water surveys have been carried out, bore wells have been laid in 9 possible plots and the work of providing electricity connection was in progress. Also, free coconut saplings, subsidized liquid organic fertilizers and power sprayers have been provided out of the Rs.31.9 lakh fund allocation. This has benefited 16,500 farmers. In the financial year 2023-24, 42 panchayats have been identified and so far 6 wasteland collections have been improved. Ground water surveys are being carried out and bore wells are being laid. Also, a fund of Rs.36.5 lakh has been allocated and the work of providing free coconut saplings, subsidized liquid biofertilizers and power sprayers is in progress. So far 15,304 farmers have benefited. Under the scheme, 47,584 farmers in 146 village panchayats got benefit in the last 3 financial years in the scheme. under this scheme, he said.