Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in May 2013 announced a series of support measures covering a range of crops.
Amongst the programmes announced is 275-crore Rupees sustainable sugarcane initiative covering 50000 acres to be implemented through sugar mills.
The initiative basically involves increasing yields by changes in cultivation practices including raising a sugarcane nursery and transplanting them, along the lines of paddy crop, with adequate spacing, and using optimal quantities of water and fertilisers.
Different Support Measure that were Announced
• A measure which includes a 114-crore Rupees programme was announced to make Tamil Nadu self-sufficient in food grains production. Scientists, farmers and extension workers will be brought together to bring down the yield gap – the difference in crop yields observed at the laboratory level and field level – in crops.
• Three programmes focussed on paddy, coarse grains and pulses will be formulated.
• Over 55.60 crore Rupees has been earmarked for drip irrigation equipment for tur dal crop over an area of 10000 acres. The total area under tur dal under this programme will be 50000 acres.
• The State Government has also set aside 23.60 crore Rupees to establish marketing centres for coconuts in Coimbatore district, bananas in Tirunelveli, and improve approach roads in 10 regulated marketing yards and establish regulated marketing yards in Bodinayakanur and Mudukalathur.
• The SPV will be created under the Horticulture Department with equity of 1 crore rupees.
• Infrastructure for this facility will be set up at a cost of 112 crore, Rupees Farm machinery.
• The Government is now implementing a project to create 55000 farm ponds in the Cauvery delta districts to augment ground water supply.
• The Agricultural Engineering Department will buy 700 rain guns and mobile sprinklers at a cost of 57 crore Rupees and rent them out at low cost to farmers in the Delta districts. This will help them to efficiently use water from the farm ponds.
• The Government also plans to bring under cultivation over 12500 acres of fallow lands. It has earmarked a back-ended subsidy of 4000 Rupees an acre and will provide inputs at a subsidised cost.
• To increase the yield of horticulture crops and improve marketing, 186.46 crore Rupees will be sanctioned to create a modern, hub-and-spoke model.
• The Chief Minister also announced plans for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with 100-crore Rupees interest free revolving fund to supply quality inputs to farmers.
• The State Government has also earmarked 124.70 crore Rupees to supply farm machinery at subsidized prices.