TIRUCHY: Successfully finishing the Samba harvest season has been a herculean problem for Delta farmers — be it from salvaging crops to discovering enough farm labourers to harvest paddy. The unseasonal rainfall had made the farmers go for the old-school guide harvest course of, however many discovered it tough to get sufficient farmworkers. The course of, aside from being sluggish, was additionally back-breaking.
In some components, there was extra demand for chained harvesters machines. Though paddy crops at many locations have been prepared for harvest, farmers had to look forward to the water to drain off utterly. Once that occurred, got here the following problem — the usage of machines was dominated out because the soil was soggy and their use would possibly harm the crops.
Speaking to TNIE, a senior agricultural official stated, “Track-type harvester machine can be used on such wet soil instead of tire type machines. Considering the condition of crops, only some farmers started the harvest process while many are still waiting for the crops to get completely dry. Therefore, using machines on small portions of the field became unaffordable for the farmers. We, therefore, requested them to opt for the manual harvest method to minimise crop damage.”
Private harvester machines from different components of the district have been introduced to Tiruchy district for Samba harvest. Farmers can contact the agri-engineering division to avail themselves of the companies of government-owned harvester machines.
Sugumar, a farmer from Tiruchy, stated, “Demand for manual labour is high and we have to wait for two to three days to get help. Just like the old days, we reap the mature paddy saplings, bring them to the ‘Kalathumedu’ and with the help of separator machines, harvest the paddy. It is a back-breaking task and we have, somehow, finished the Samba season.”
On a constructive word, Kavitha, an agricultural employee from Tiruchy, stated, “Usually after the plantation works, there won’t be any demand for us in the fields, apart from weed-removal work. Owing to the unseasonal rain, we are now getting work. Several farmworkers who had left for construction works have returned to the fields as there is demand now.”