Collector S. Natarajan, who visited the farms recently, commended the farmers for taking the risk of raising the seed farms during summer and helping the department in distributing quality seeds.
When they wanted to change the crop pattern, the agriculture department suggested that they could raise seed farms, utilising the ground water potential in their area and they came forward to help the department augment the seed stock.
Two potential farmers have created a record of sorts by raising paddy seed farms for the first time during summer when farmers in this arid district abstain from all farming activities for want of water.
Both the farmers faced no problem in irrigating the crops thanks to copious groundwater source, pumped through borewells.
“We have raised the crops by following the guidelines of officials and we are happy to join the elite club of seed producers,” the farmers told The Hindu during a field visit on recently.
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