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Old February 3rd, 2016, 03:24 PM   #12501
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Whenever a project comes to madurai both state government / central government does not even care's. This above news correct me if I am wrong it has been from the year 2010 . Nothing has been materialised yet
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Farmer reaps record harvest on 1 acre

Madurai: A farmer from Madurai has created a record by reaping a massive 4,500 kg of paddy on an acre by employing a modern technology, for which the Coimbatore Agricultural University honoured him with the 'Velanmai Semmal' award. In the traditional method, about 2,000 to 3,000 kg can be harvested in an acre.

V Krishnan, 60, of Kulamangalam on the outskirts of the city, said he had been farming since the age of 25, a few years after he completed his PUC.

When new technology was introduced in the district way back in 2009-2010, farmers were urged to go in for planting of paddy seedlings using machines. But many were reluctant to do so. When the district administration urged them to try it on half an acre, Krishnan came forward and tried it on 2.5 acres and was richly rewarded.

"Using machines we can plant seedlings which are 15 days old, whereas in the conventional method they have to be 30 days old. With the machine, the seedlings can be planted in a uniform manner, ensuring equal sunlight and air for all.

"In the traditional method, the crops near the irrigation channel grow better than those in the centre of the field," he said.

Water management is done judiciously; instead of continuously pumping water into the fields, seedlings are irrigated whenever they require water. Krishnan says solar power is another reason why he is getting better returns. "Solar pumps are miracle machines, nothing goes wrong even if they pump water continuously as long as there is sunlight; so it has done away with the need to pay four workers to maintain motors,'' he said. Also, with power available free of cost, he is saving Rs 5,000 to 7,000 per acre. Solar pumps have also helped him to cultivate for three seasons last year, getting three crops, the last of which will be harvested this month.

Krishnan is also the recipient of the Progressive Farmer Award of Madurai, the central government award for the best harvest in the five-acre category, in 2012, when he reaped a whopping 4,800 kg, beating farmers from across the country. This farmer says that he cultivates long grain varieties like Trichy 3, C R 1009, when he enters a competition and smaller grains like JGL otherwise.

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Old February 6th, 2016, 11:16 AM   #12503
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Mayor launches solar power at ‘Anna Maaligai’

In a first among the Corporations in Tamil Nadu, the Corporation of Madurai has installed solar panels at the ‘Anna Maaligai’, at a cost of Rs 55.83 lakh, which is expected to produce 44-kw power and thus pave way for bringing down the expenditure incurred on electricity consumption.

Dedicating the new facility, Mayor V. V. Rajan Chellappa told reporters that this was a new and novel initiative implemented in the Corporation.

With the Chief Minister’s objective being a State with surplus power, the Corporation was moving towards the goal and hoped the rooftop solar panels installed at the Anna Maaligai would go a long way in bringing down the cost of electricity bills to the TANGEDCO.

Officials said that the solar panels, which were installed three months ago, had started benefitting by way of reduction in electricity consumption to the tune of about 40 per cent.

On an average, the monthly electricity bill for the Corporation was around Rs.1.75 lakh.

After the installation of solar panels, the subsequent bills in the last two months were Rs.1.13 lakh and Rs.96,000 per month, they added.

Commissioner (in-charge) S. Shanthi, City Engineer Mathuram, Assistant Executive Engineer Senthil and others participated in the inaugural function.

High-mast lamps
Later in the evening, Mr. Rajan Chellappa switched on four newly installed high-mast lamps at Chokkanathar Temple (Yanaikal) intersection, at Thiruparankundram (at the bridge near Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College), at Tiruparankundram girivalam pathai and at Mandela Nagar intersection all at a cost of Rs.19.60 lakh, from the general fund of the Corporation.

Traffic police said that the high-mast lamps at the four-intersections would pave way for better visibility during night and road accidents could be prevented.

Source: The Hindu
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