Jasmine saplings destroyed in rains: farmers want compensation

7,000 families depend on Jasmine sapling cultivation in this coastal area, which cost roughly Rs 1.5 lakh per acre.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 23:30 PM IST

Rameswaram: Jasmine saplings grown in hundreds
of acres in Thangachimadam and surrounding areas and being
supplied to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and other parts of
Tamil Nadu have decayed due to continuous rains for the sixth
day, farmers said and demanded government compensation.

The saplings are grown here as the climate is conducive, and
most people depend on sapling farms, said, Muniaswamy and
Ravi, leading sapling cultivators and District farmers
association functionaries.

They said 7,000 families depend on Jasmine sapling
cultivation in this coastal area, which cost roughly Rs 1.5
lakh per acre. "This is the only crop on which we depend.Now
the future of farm owners future is ruined and even that of
workers," they said.

Traders from the two states had arrived here today to
purchase saplings, but returned after seeing the poor quality,
they said .

Initially it was estimated that jasmine in 200 acres had
been lost or totally spoiled. "We have taken bank loans. The
crop was very good till a week ago.But the rains wrecked havoc
We raise 2.5lakh saplings in one acres.Continuous waterlogging
has spoiled the roots."Said Muthukumar,another farmer.

Many fishermen, who had left their profession due to
uncertainties and assault by Lankan navalmen had taken to
jasmine sapling farming.But bad times are chasing them here
also"he said.

Meanwhile the Madurai Flower Market,the biggest Jasmine
market in tamilnadu,reported that the cost of Jasmine touched
a record Rs 400 a kg due to poor arrivals.

PTI