The ‘Cyclone Thane’ hit Tamil Nadu on 30.12.2011 and caused extensive damage to horticulture crops to an extent of 48040.90 Ha and affected the livelihood of 70366 farmers. The crop damage assessment was taken up on war footing manner and a compensation of Rs.41.48 crores for horticulture crops was disbursed to the affected farmers. Towards rehabilitating the livelihood of affected farmers, Hon’ble Chief Minister has announced a special package for horticulture crops for Rs.724.96 crores. Under the Special Package, re-cultivation of annual crops and replanting of perennial horticulture crops will be taken up in the affected areas by undertaking the following activities.
Government have accorded sanction for establishment of Project Management Unit to be stationed at Cuddalore at an out lay of Rs.203.48 lakhs. It will function under the head of a Project officer in the cadre of additional collector with the following objectives.
Block Level Management Cell will be established in the blocks in which perennial crops like cashew, jack etc were severely affected. 64 posts have been created for a period of one year on deputation basis form departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Agriculture Engineering, TNAU and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. 62 Temporary posts have been created for one year which will be filled up on contract basis. Necessary infrastructure facilities will be provided to Project Management Unit and Block Level Management Cell.
Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops
Status Report on Cyclone Thane
Cyclone ‘Thane’ hit Tamil Nadu on 30.12.2011 and caused extensive damage to Horticultural crops to an extent of 48,040.90 Ha in the districts of Cuddalore, Villupuram, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Erode, Ariyalur, Dharmapuri and Salem. Perennial horticulture crops like Cashew, Jack etc were damaged to an extent of 36,517.08 Ha.
2.District wise area affected
The crop damage assessment was taken up on a warfooting manner and completed on 10/1/2012. Compensation amount of Rs.14.48 crores was distributed to the affected farmers.
4. Special Package
Considering the plight of the farmers who have incurred heavy loss due to complete damage of standing crops, Hon’ble Chief Minister announced a Special Package to rehabilitate the affected farmers. The Special package programme was originally proposed as detailed below.
5. Special Package for Horticulture Crops –Originally Proposed
6. Revised Estimate
Due to the fragile nature of plants, particularly in crops like cashew, at initial stage the extent of damage was heavy. However, during the post Thane period, natural rejuvenation occurred and partially damaged trees have survived. Hence, the crop damage was re-estimated and Special package has been programmed to be implemented as detailed below. The details of revised assessment and achievement made so far as below.
7. Cutting and Removal of Stumps and Roots of the damaged fallen trees and Ploughing
Government have issued orders for cutting and removal of fallen trees in 36517.08 ha and sanctioned a sum of Rs. 9129.27 lakhs to provide back ended assistance to the affected farmers as lump sum Grant @ Rs.25000 per Ha as per the G.O Ms.No.60 Agriculture (H1) Department, Dated 30.3.2012 & G.O Ms.No. 145, Agriculture (H1) Department, Dated 20.7.2012. Based on this, orders were issued to Deputy Director of Horticulture, Cuddalore and Villupruam to cut and remove stumps & roots of the fallen trees. Farmers have waited for natural rejuvenation of fallen trees. Flowering occurred from the fallen trees and farmers obtained yield with a yield loss of 60%-70%. The extent of damage also differs from field to field. Therefore, Re-assessment was done for cutting and removal of stumps and roots. As per the revised assessment, Cutting and removal of fallen trees will be taken up in 8678.59 Ha in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts as detailed below.
7.1. Cuddalore District
The area affected under cashew is 32162 ha. Cutting and removal of fallen trees will be taken up in 8200 Ha as below.
Based on the above revised assessment, the cutting and removal of fallen trees are in progress.
7.2 Villupuram District
The area affected under cashew is 4502 ha. Farmers have come forward to clear fallen trees in 478.59 Ha as below
PUM is super checking with 100% field verification. It is expected that, before 15.10.2012, the target will be achieved.
Planting is taken up immediately after completing cutting and removal of stumps, ploughing and pitting. Re-planting will be taken up in 8678.59 Ha as below.
9. Planting materials
21.358 lakh Cashew grafts of high yielding variety i.e VRI 3 is required to replant in 8678.59 Ha. 10 lakh Cashew grafts will be procured from State Horticulture Farm, Neyveli, Vridhachalam and RRS. Vridhachalm. 10.00 lakh cashew grafts will be procured through TANHOPE and 1.358 lakh cashew grafts from TAFECORN.
A sum of Rs. 29.00 lakhs was paid to RRS. Vridhachalm, as an advance amount, to supply 1.60 lakh cashew grafts immediately.
10. Re-cultivation of vegetable crops, spice crops, Non-Perennial fruit crops, medicinal and flower crops.
Due to the revised assessment, the requirement of pulse minikits have been reduced from 1.82 lakh minikits to 55982 and out of this, 19480 minikits have been distributed. The balance minikits (BlackGram) will be distributed during Oct-2012.
12. Micro –Irrigation
Micro irrigation will be provided to high density cashew orchards to be established in 1334.16 Ha. So far, 4 Ha have been covered. To provide bore well facilities to farmers, Joint Liability Groups and willing individual farmer groups have been formed. In Cuddalore district, 157 individual farmers and 47 JLGs have been formed. In Villupuram district, 5 individual farmers groups and 1JLG have been formed. On a warfooting manner, coverage of area under micro irrigation is being taken up.
13. Special Package Implantation
The special package of Cyclone ‘Thane’ is being implemented on a warfooting manner in co-ordination with the Project Management unit to complete the target before 30.10.2012.