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SlNo

Officers Name, Designation and Cell Phone No

Taluk

Block

Section officer incharge

Designation

Cell phone No

1

Thiru.Sam Selvaraj,
Executive Engineer, AED, Thoothukudi. Contact No. 0461 2340687  Cell.No. 94432 75669

Thiru.N.Subramaniyan,
Assistant Executive Engineer, AED, Thoothukudi.
Cell.No 94433 62190

Thoothukudi, Srivaikundam

Thoothukudi, Srivaikundam, Karunkulam

C.Muruganantham

AE

94426 37421

2

V.Karuppasamy

AE

77086 92246

3

L.Natarajan

AE

94436 88032

4

M.S.P.Sankarraj

AE

94431 57710

5

M.Rajasekar

AE

94866 31519

6

I.Sudalaimuthu

JE

94897 88986

7

S.Kasthuri

JE

98654 06715

8

C.Udhayakumar

JE

94421 70346

9

Thiru. S.Ganesan,
Assistant Executive Engineer, AED,
Kovilpatti.
Cell No. 94883 78904

Kovilpatti, Ettayapuram, Ottapidaram, Vilathikulam

Kovilpatti, Vilathikulam, Pudur, Ottapidaram, Kayathar,

N.Krishnasamy

AE

88709 00903

10

G.Murugan

AE

94868 89991

11

S.Sultan Ahmed

AE

90925 18033

12

K.Natarajan

JE

94420 64068

13

R.Thiruppathi

JE

94867 38320

14

N.Jeyaramachandran

JE

94862 50848

15

K.Kannan

JE

94425 24589

16

S.P. John Kennady sing

JE

94436 94253

17

Thiru.G.Amuthan,
Assistant Executive Engineer, AED, Thiruchendur.
Cell No. 94422 17870

Thiruchendur Sathankulam

Thiruchendur, Udankudi, Sathankulam, Alwarthiru nagari

A.Magesh

AE

94864 80321

18

L.Chidambaram

JE

94861 76375

19

M.Shanmugam

JE

94434 02839

20

M.Mohamed Hazan Abubucker

AE

99428 30141

21

N.Sundaram

AE

97906 43661

22

K.Jegaveerapandi

AE

94882 77976

23

S.Murugan

JE

94886 66640

24

T.S.Yathindran

JE

96775 88267

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

1. Introduction
The Government is committed to achieve higher growth rate in the primary sector and taking all efforts to usher in “Second Green Revolution” for improving farm productivity and farmers’ income.   To achieve the above vision, the Agricultural Engineering Department is continuing its   efforts   in   conserving   and   developing   the   natural resources of land and water in the State.  Programmes for promoting agricultural mechanisation to overcome the difficulties due to shortage of farm workers in the rural areas are given due importance on a mission mode. Rainwater Harvesting Works & Artificial Recharge works for Groundwater recharge and Soil & water conservation works for preventing land degradation are taken up. Front end advanced technologies are being adopted for recharging the ground water through recharge shaft in the water harvesting structures.

Agricultural Mechanisation Programme
The availability of farm workers in rural areas is reducing due to migration of the labourers to non-farm sectors.  The shortage of farm workers causes difficulties in carrying out timely farm operations and serious set back to the efforts in increasing the agricultural production. To overcome these hurdles and to increase the farm power, a focused approach is being taken to make available required machinery / implements for agricultural operations through Agricultural  Mechanisation  Programmes.  
Farmers applying for subsidized farm machinery have to attach the following documents with the Application.
1.Xerox copy of the Ration card
2.Passport size Photograph of the applicant - 2 Nos.

3.Patta[10(1) and adangal certificate (recent)] from VAO
4.Field Mark Boundary (FMB) copy
5.Caste certificate (for SC/ST only)
Procedures followed:

  1. The applicant should register the application with all relevant documents at the concerned office of Assistant Executive Engineer, AED in person.
  2. As per Application seniority the applicants are being informed by the concerned offices.  On receipt of the information,  the applicant has to get the Invoice from the approved Company / Dealer by producing Demand draft (Excluding subsidy amount).
  3. After scrutiny the work order will be given to the Company / dealer. The machinery / implement will be handed over to the applicant against the work order placed by the concerned Assistant Executive Engineer.
  4. After the delivery of the machinery / implement,  training on operation and maintenance of the machinery / implement will be given to the farmer by the dealer.
  5. The farmers will give the following certificates after receipt of the farm machinery / implement under subsidy scheme.
  6. Performance certificate.
  7. Registration certificate (for registered vehicles only)
  8. Certify by the applicant that the machinery / implement received vide subsidy scheme must not be transferred, sold or hypothecated.

 

 

 

1.1. Agricultural Mechanisation Programme under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Macro Management of Agriculture.

Popularising agricultural machinery / implements in agriculture is being implemented under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Macro Management of Agriculture with the financial assistance from the Centre and State Government on 90:10 basis respectively.   Under this scheme, subsidy  assistance  is  provided  to  farmers  to  purchase  Tractors, Power Tillers and Rotavators as per the norms of the Government of India guidelines.   During 2012-2013, the funds allotted for an outlay of Rs.4.70 Lakhs under the Macro Management of Agriculture in Thoothukudi District. The achievement has been made for Rs.3.35 Lakhs because of subsidy difference compared to NADP Scheme.

 Rs. In Lakhs

Sl.No

Agricultural Machineries / Implements

Maximum Eligible subsidy

1

Tractor Less than 40HP

0.45

2

Power Tiller more than 8 hp and above with attachments.

0.45

3

Rotavator 

0.20

1.2. Agricultural Mechanisation Programme under
National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP)

To promote the use of agricultural machinery and implements in agriculture, the Agricultural Mechanisation Programme is being implemented in a larger scale under NADP with 100% assistance from State Government. Under this scheme 50% subsidy assistance is provided to farmers for purchasing agricultural machinery / implements subject to the ceiling limit prescribed for each implements and a maximum ceiling limit of Rs.4.00 lakhs for General Category farmers and Rs.5.00 Lakhs for SC/ST category farmers to purchase high cost farm machinery like Combined Harvesters and Paddy

Transplanters. The financial achievement of Rs.90.26451 Lakhs has been made for the year 2012-2013  under National Agriculture Development Programme (General Category Farmers) and Rs.37.8726 Lakhs has been achieved under National Agriculture Development Programme (SC/ST Category Farmers) in Thoothukudi District.


Subsidy pattern for the year 2012-13 under NADP GO.MS.No.149 of Agriculture(AP1)Dept dated 24.07.12

 Rs. In Lakhs

Sl.No

Name of the Implements

Approximate cost

Subsidy Amount

Others

SC/ST

1

Multicrop thresher

3.10

1.50

1.80

2

Power Thresher including maize husker sheller

1.60

0.80

0.90

3

Power weeder walk behind type  including weed cutter, paddy weeder less than 8 HP

1.00

0.50

0.60

4

Power weeder riding  type < 20 HP

2.50

1.25

1.50

5

Power operated sprayer including, Orchard sprayer and Mist blower

0.40

0.20

0.20

6

Paddy transplantercovering less than 2.0 ha per 8 hr capacity

2.50

1.25

1.50

7

Paddy Transplanter covering more than 2.0 ha  per day

16.00

4.00

5.00

8

Rice tray nursery preparation machine (Automatic)

2.00

1.00

1.20

9

Gender friendlly equipments (Paddy drum seeder, coconut tree climber, dryland weeder, manually operated sprayers remote motor operator etc.,)

0.10

0.05

0.06

10

Trays for raising rice nursery to be used for mechanized rice transplanting @ 200 trays / ha 

0.001

0.0005

0.0006

11

Power Tiller more than 8 hp and above with attachments.

1.80

0.45

1.00

12

Rotavator 

1.00

0.20

0.30

13

Tractor drawn/power  tiller driven equipments  and float for motor

0.40

0.10

0.20

14

Paddy combine  Harvester

20.00

4.00

5.00

15

Laser land leveller

3.40

1.70

2.00

16

Shredder,Special Horticultural equipments like chain saw, Power operated chaff cutter, Tree pruner ,Mobile Irrigation unit ,Rain gun  etc.,

0.50

0.25

0.30

17

Sugarcane set cutter planter

1.50

0.75

0.90

18

Tractor PTO operated trash shredder

0.90

0.45

0.50

19

Sugarcane trash shredder

2.00

1.00

1.20

20

Sugarcane stubble shaver

1.00

0.50

0.60

21

Baler

4.80

2.40

2.80

22

Coconut Dehusker

1.00

0.50

0.60

23

Groundnut combine harvester

22.00

4.00

5.00

24

Tractor operated Turmeric, Garlic harvester

7.40

3.70

4.00

25

Turmeric polisher and turmeric boiler

2.20

1.10

1.30

26

Ridge moulder

3.50

1.75

2.00

27

Paddy reaper binder

1.50

0.75

0.90

1.3  Demonstration  of  Newly  Developed  Agricultural Equipments and Machineries
To popularise the use of newly developed agricultural machineries implements among the farming community, demonstrations were conducted at the farmer’s fields.    The programme is implemented with 100% assistance from Central Government. 14 Nos of demonstrations @ the rate of Rs.3000/- per demonstration were completed during 2012-13 in Thoothukudi District.
2. Custom Hiring of Agricultural Machinery to Farmers in Thoothukudi District

i   In Thoothukudi district, Agricultural Engineering Department is having a fleet of minor irrigation machinery  i.e.one Rock Blasting Unit in Kovilpatti subdivision for hiring out to the farmers for minor irrigation activities such as   revitalisation   of  open     wells.   The hire charges is Rs.250 / blasting day  (20 holes / blasting day).
ii  3 Nos. of  Bull Dozers and 3 Nos. of Tractors are available in the Agricultural Engineering Department in this district for hiring out to farmers at nominal hire charges for taking up works such as land levelling, land shaping and ploughing. The hire charges for Bull Dozer is Rs.910/hr and for Tractor is Rs.370/hr. (Hire charges may change according to Diesel price)
iii  One Track Type Combine harvester is available with Agricultural Engineering Department in Thoothukudi District (Thoothukudi subdivision) for hiring out to farmers to harvest paddy pulses etc. The Hire charges of Track Type Combine Harvester is Rs.1530/hr. (Hire charges may change according to Diesel price)
iv    Bulldozers and Tractors are also used for relief work at the time of flood and natural calamities.
2.1 Online  booking  of  Agricultural  Machinery  under Custom Hiring.
In order to simplify the procedure for allotting agricultural machinery to farmers, a new facility has been launched for online booking of agricultural machinery under custom hiring. This system would help the farmers to know the availability of agricultural machinery and booking from their mobile phone.   This will save time in allotting the machinery to the farmers and will pave way for efficient, quick and transparent system for custom hiring.
2.2. Formation of Farmers Group to ease the farm work.
The dearth of farm workers in the rural areas causes a serious set back to the efforts in increasing the agricultural production in the State.  To overcome the hurdles due to the shortage  of  farm  workers,  it  is  proposed  to  form  farmers group  and train them in operation and maintenance of farm machinery for taking up agricultural  operations for paddy, pulses, millets etc. on need base.   These groups of farm workers could be engaged in various farm operations by the farmers duly paying nominal charges.
The Farmers Group consists of 15 or 16 farmers, comprising of rural youths, small / marginal farmers and SC farmers within their jurisdiction and the Farmers Group should be registered under the Society Act. The farmers group may be divided into four sub-groups and placed in nearby blocks.

MACHINERY PACKAGE PER GROUP


Sl.No

Name of the Implement

Quantity     nos

Unit Cost in Rs.

Total
in Rs.

1

Power Tiller of 8 HP and above

4

154000

616000

2

Power Weeder 2 Row

4

35000

140000

3

Paddy Transplanter

4

186000

744000

 

Total

 

 

1500000

                                   
An amount of Rs.30000/- is allotted to impart training in operation and maintenance of farm machineries to the farmers group.
3.  World Bank Aided TN IAMWARM Project
To increase irrigated agriculture productivity and Farm Power in Tamil Nadu, the scheme of Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water bodies Restoration and Management (TN IAMWARM) Project is being implemented with assistance from World Bank.   The project is spread over the period of six years from 2007-2008 to 2012-2013 and implemented by the Public Works Department, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and various other departments.    The project outlay completed for the components   of   Agricultural   Engineering   Department  during the year 2012-13 in 3 sub-basins under this project is Rs.38.13244 Lakhs in Thoothukudi District.
The scope for improving Water Use Efficiency lies mainly in expanding the area under Micro Irrigation.  Hence, to conserve and use water more efficiently, popularisation of Micro Irrigation Systems of Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation among the farmers is being taken up on a massive scale under the project.  As Micro Irrigation Scheme is one of the most important interventions required to enhance farm productivity, 100% subsidy assistance is given to small and marginal farmers and 75% subsidy assistance to other farmers for putting up drip and sprinkler irrigation systems under Micro Irrigation Scheme.     In the Micro Irrigation Scheme target to cover an area of 50.00.0 hectares    during    2012-2013, but covered for an area of 79.83.0 hectares.    Besides,    other components like publicity, IEC activities, capacity building, etc.  are also  taken  up  under  this  IAMWARM  project.     
4. Ground Water Recharge:
Water is the critical input for all  growing sectors including agriculture and the area under well irrigation is constantly increasing over years which had resulted in over exploitation of ground water.   In view of this, the ground water table is lowered below the economic pumping level besides sea water intrusion into the inland aquifer in the coastal region.  Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to take up  Rain  Water  Harvesting  programmes  in  a  massive manner  for  recharging  the  ground  water  aquifers  to  the extent possible.
4.1. Rain WaterHarvesting and Run off Management Programme
To improve the moisture regime of the watershed for increased land use, Rain Water Harvesting and Runoff Management structures such as check dams, percolation ponds,   farm   ponds,   new   village   tanks,   ooranies   and recharge shafts are  constructed  in  all  districts  except Chennai and the Nilgiris.   Under this programme, the beneficiaries are required to contribute 10% of the cost of works executed in community lands in cash (it is 5% in case of SC/ST), which will be deposited in the name of the Village Development Association / Watershed Association and the accrued  interest  will  be  utilised  for  the  maintenance  of assets created in community lands.   Works in patta lands are taken up with 90% assistance and the remaining 10% is collected as beneficiary share (it is 5% in case of SC/ST) in the form of cash / labour / material.For the year 2012-13, funds received only at the end of March 2013 for Rs.17.97 Lakhs hence the funds surrendered and will be commenced after revalidation.

4.2. Scheme for Artificial Recharge of Ground Water
To augment the ground water aquifer for improving the ground water table, artificial ground water recharge structures such as check dams, village tanks, ooranies, percolation ponds with recharge shaft are constructed to harvest rain water. The programme is taken up with 100% assistance from the Government. During this is year, works sanctioned during 2011-12, for an amount of Rs.28.32875 Lakhs have been executed in the year 2012-13 .

 

DETAILS OF STRUCTURES EXECUTED UNDER
ARTIFICIAL RECHARGE TO GROUNDWATER 2012-13

Sl.No

Name of the structure

P.Union

Rev.Village

S.F  No

Expenditure made in Rupees

1

Check dam

Thoothukudi

Mudivaithanendal

805/3

177000

2

Check dam

Thoothukudi

Mudivaithanendal

805/3

176999

3

Check dam

Ottapidaram

Parivallikottai

496

252979

4

Check dam

Ottapidaram

Parivallikottai

496

252978

5

PP with Recharge shaft

Ottapidaram

Kulasekaranallur

157

411989

6

Check dam

Ottapidaram

Katcheri thalavaipuram

46

222448

7

Check dam

Ottapidaram

Katcheri thalavaipuram

208

222244

8

Check dam

Ottapidaram

Katcheri thalavaipuram

206

222954

9

Check dam

Ottapidaram

Katcheri thalavaipuram

167

224410

10

Check dam

Udankudi

Semmarikulam

750/4

212146

11

Check dam

Sathankulam

Padukkapathu

3/2

131972

12

Check dam

Sathankulam

Padukkapathu

7/5

145756

13

Village Oorani

Sathankulam

Nedunkulam

96

179000

Total

2832875

Contents provided by : District Collectorate, Thoothukudi