Record harvest from flood hit paddy fields in Pathanamthitta
Thiruvalla: Paddy fields in Pathanamthitta district that were submerged in the floods has produced record yield this time around.
According to records on Wednesday, 12,256 tons of paddy was collected via Supplyco. During the whole of last year, it was 8,626 tons. This is the first time since collection of paddy through Supplyco commenced that this much yield is produced. The harvesting is yet to be completed.
Upper Kuttanad leading
The harvest’s major portion belongs to the paddy lands of upper Kuttanad. As many as 9,824 tons of paddy has been harvested from these lands. Peringara panchayat leads among them with 5051.8 tons. Niranath comes second with 2650.9 tons while Kadapra came third with 668 tons.
Other panchayats recorded yields as following: Thiruvalla corporation-628.4, Kaviyoor- 289.5, Nedumbram 272.7, Iraviperur- 160.5, Kuttoor- 102.5.
Harvest at Kadapra Edapuncha, Kuttoor Kothaviruthi, Panthalam Thekkekara and Kulanada are yet to be completed. Only one percent of the total yield is to be harvested and that will be complete by May last.
Increase in yield
It was thought in the initial stages that the soil, deposited in the fields following the floods, will pose a risk to paddy cultivation. However, this time an average of 4,000 kilograms of yield was received from the same fields which produced about 3,000 kilograms last year. There are fields which gave more than 4,400 kilos of yield. Such a good yield has not been produced in the past couple of years. It was also fortunate that the summer rains did not intensify during the time of cultivation. The alluvial soil that got deposited during the floods helped produce a better yield, farmers said.
Register complaints if payment delayed
For paddy procured, Rs 25.30 can be charged per kilo. Rs 17.5 is the central government’s share and rest is from the state government. Farmers who had already received the Paddy Receipt Sheet (PRS), have started receiving payment. The amount will be deposited in the farmer’s bank accounts that are linked with PRS within one week. There are no other processing charges or fees for this. Last year, certain farmers filed a complaint saying that there was delay in receiving money from certain bank branches. If such cases are found this year, they should immediately contact the paddy payment officer. These complaints will be solved through Bank nodal office, State bankers committee etc.