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Tirupur to get 15 solar crop dryers

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The Hindu                       14.02.2013

Tirupur to get 15 solar crop dryers

R. Vimal Kumar

In a bid to help farmers produce high quality copra, the Department of Agriculture is planning to set up 15 solar tunnel-model crop dryers in Tirupur district shortly in association with the farming community.

The department has identified 15 farm holdings for the project and each of the beneficiary farmers will be given subsidy from the corpus created under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana to offset 50 per cent of the capital cost subjected to a maximum ceiling of Rs. 50,000.

Of the solar crop dryers planned, two each will be set up at Madathukulam, Udumalpet, Gudiamangalam and Vellakoil blocks, and one each in Dharapuram, Mulanur, Kangayam, Palladam, Pongalur, Uthukuli and Kundadam blocks.

“Each solar crop dryer unit will be set up with five layers of specially designed thermal sheets laid over arch-shaped galvanized iron (GI) B-Class pipes spread over an area of 60 feet in length and 12 feet in width with the height at 6 feet,” Joint Director of Agriculture, Mohamed Kallimullah Sherif, told The Hindu .

The unit will help to dry as much as 5,000 nuts at a time under protected environment. Every layer of thermal sheets has specific properties which include ultra violet rays stabilising capability, high capacity to retain heat for long period after the sunset and prevent water as well as moisture from entering the unit, among others.

Mr. Sherif said solar dryer would help the farmers to dry the copra in almost half the number of days, vis-à-vis the conventional drying of copra in open yards because of the heat getting retained for longer duration.

“The system will also prevent fungal attack, otherwise comes in open drying. Besides it, the shifting of copra from the open drying yard during the night hours only to bring it back in the morning can be avoided when using the solar crop dryer,” Mr. Sherif said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:56

Shortage of water hits turf work

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The Hindu 22.04.2010

Shortage of water hits turf work

Staff Reporter

All other works on VOC grounds are almost over


The creation of a natural grass turf is getting delayed for want of adequate water.

ERODE: Soccer lovers herewho were happy when they came to know about the improvements to be made on the football ground in the VOC grounds a few months ago, are now sore over the inordinate delay caused in creating a natural grass turf there.

The government has allotted Rs. 10 lakh for improving the facilities in the ground and create a natural grass turf.

The sports authorities started the work immediately after the announcement, which received appreciation from the sports lovers across the district.

“The officials have almost completed the improvements except the creation of natural grass in the court. No efforts have been made for the last two months for the purpose,” sports persons here say.

The authorities claimed that the ground lacked adequate supply of water, which was the main reason for the delay in the creation of the turf.

“We have asked the Erode Corporation to provide adequate water supply for the purpose. But they have refused to do so. We do not have ground water supply. So we have written to the District Collector to take steps in this regard,” officials say.

The municipal authorities said that they could not supply water for the creation of the turf as the demand for water in the town was huge.

“We could not even meet the demand for water in the town these days. If we supply water for the creation of the turf, then we will end up with a huge shortage,” the officials added.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:34

TN waives land tax in rain-hit districts

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The Times of India 22.12.2009

TN waives land tax in rain-hit districts

CHENNAI: :The Cabinet on Monday decided to waive land tax, surcharge and water cess amounting to Rs 21.34 crore in respect of nearly nine lakh hectares of land spread across 11 districts that were battered by heavy rains last year. The Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister M Karunanidhi also decided to write off sales tax and penalty amounting to Rs 90.60 crore due on inter-state sale of coconuts between April 1, 2002 and September 5, 2006.

An official press release said rains had damaged crops in Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Tiruvallur, Tiruvarur and Karur districts in 2008. The land tax waiver, along with revenue due on the land under different heads, would be fully waived, it said.

The Cabinet, which discussed the price situation, decided to continue with the special public distribution scheme under which commodities are sold at a subsidised price. It also decided to set up a task force to study means to increase the production of grains, cereals, oilseeds and other crops in which production falls short of the demand.

The Cabinet also approved the grant of a 99-year lease on an extent of 65 acres to the Film Employees Federation of South India 50 acres for constructing houses and 15 acres for common use of its members and 10 acres for a housing colony for the TN Producers' Association. While the land to FEFSI would have a lease amount of Rs 1,000 per year, the land granted to the producers' body would attract a lease of 3.5% of its value.

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