J. Praveen Paul Joseph
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 12:10 IST
Tuticorin: Vilathikulam block in the district has witnessed a sizable increase in area of coriander crop raised under rain-fed condition, according to S. Raja Mohamed, Assistant Director of Horticulture, Vilathikulam.
In spite of unfavourable climatic conditions in the drought-prone area utilising the late rainfall in November, farmers had increased their cultivation of coriander, instead of chillies, as advised by horticulture officials. About 1,160 hectares of coriander had been brought under cultivation till December, as against 627 hectares during the corresponding period last year.
Coriander was raised both as intercrop with chillies and as single crop. S. Karuppsamy, a farmer from A. Kumarapuram who cultivated coriander as an intercrop with chillies, has started harvesting and processing the coriander grains. C. Rasaiyah, another farmer from the same village, said that he had cultivated both onion and coriander as intercrops with “gundu” chillies on three acres.
Buyers from other districts have started procuring the coriander grains at Karisalkulam and Vilathikulam areas.