MARCH 22, 2012
ERODE: Maize, one of the cash crops, is being raised in over 5,000 acres in Erode district and the farmers are getting encouraging returns from maize cultivation.
In India, maize is being cultivated in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar. It is the main raw material for poultry feed and in Erode district, where hundreds of poultry farms are functioning the demand for maize is very high. To encourage farmers raise crop in more areas, the State Government is granting subsidies to them. Subsidy is given to farmers for buying fertilisers and pesticides. Fifty per cent subsidy is given for drawing water from wells using electric motors. Periodical technical advice is also given to the farming community.
One of the farmers K.R. Marasamy of Mylambady village in Bhavani taluk says, "I own 1.5 acres of land and raised maize, which would be harvested within a fortnight." The crop is in good condition and "I strictly followed the advice of the Agricultural Department." He added that he underwent 14-day maize cultivation training, where in addition to plant protection methods, pest management, use of fertilizers and water management techniques were taught. The officials tested the soil and recommended the use of particular fertiliser and integrated plant protection methods.
"I have incurred an expense of around Rs. 10,000 and will get a yield of 35 bags (each bag contains one quintal of maize). I will sell the same at Rs. 700 per bag and will get around Rs. 24,500, thus, a profit of Rs. 14,500." In Mylambady area alone, maize has been raised in over 300 acres and the farmers are marketing their produce in the Mylambady Regulated Market. Mr. Marasamy says he is one of the beneficiaries of the agricultural crop loan waiver scheme. The Agricultural Department officials says the crop has been raised in over 23,500 acres in Erode and the crop will be raised in over 35,500 acres during rabi season. In Tamil Nadu, at present the crop is raised in over five lakh acres and the government is taking efforts to increase the extent to 12.5 lakh acres.