TN govt announces subsidy for cereal manure

Chennai: Eyeing to increase pulse productivity in the state, Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a 50 per cent subsidy to farmers using fertiliser developed by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has developed a pulse fertiliser, Payaru Adhisayam', with nutrients and iron and boron micronutrients, which increases the productivity of the plant from 10 to 20 per cent, when it is sprayed, an official release said.

In the first phase, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered that the fertiliser be sprayed in 50,000 hectares in 1,695 villages. The state government has allocated Rs 212.50 crore for providing 50 per cent subsidy for farmers to buy the fertiliser.

The new fertiliser will help prevent deflowering in crops and provide nutrients during the fruit bearing season, it said. Tamil Nadu produces a mere two lakh tonne of pulses even after cultivating the crop over six lakh hectares, it said, adding, absence of nutrients was the reason.