AGRICULTURE

Dindigul Agricultural District is headed by Joint Director of Agriculture. Dindigul Agricultural District consists of five Agricultural Divisions, namely Dindigul, Natham, Nilakottai, Palani and Vedasandur. Each Agricultural Division is headed by an Assistant Director of Agriculture. There are 13 Agricultural Development Officers and 28 Agricultural Extension Centres in Dindigul District. There is one Soil Testing Laboratory and one Fertilizer Testing Laboratory in Dindigul District.

CLIMATE

Semi and tropical monsoon type of climate is prevailing in the plains of the District. However upper Palanis recorded low temperature and fairly heavy rainfall.


TEMPERATURE

In the plains the maximum and minimum temperature recorded are 37.5'C and 19.7'C in the hill stations 20.6'C and 7.7'C respectively.


LOCATION

Dindigul District is located between 10.05' and 10.9' North latitude and 77.30' and 78.20' East longitude.


RAINFALL

(1) Winter period (January – February) 44.7 mm
(2) Summer period (March – May ) 155.1 mm
(3) South West Monsoon (June – Sept.) 218.3 mm
(4) North East Monsoon (Oct. – Dec.) 417.9 mm
Total 836.0 mm

LAND UTILISATION ( As per 2001-02 'G' Return)
SNo. Classification Area(Hectare)
1 Forest 138923
2 Barren and Uncultivate lands 36210
3 Land to Non-Agricultural Uses 65013
4 Cultivable Waste 8846
5 Permanent pastures other Grazing Land 6946
6 Land under miscellaneous Tree crops and Grores not included in Nett Area sown 6491
7 Current Fallows 19752
8 Other Fallow Land 123933
9 Nett Area sown 220550
TOTAL GEOGRAPHICAL AREA 626664

IRRIGATION SOURCES AND AREA
SNo. Source Nos. Area (Ha.)
1 Canals 41 7238
2 Tanks 2616 13436
3 Wells 75690 75878
4 Others Nil 1668
Total 78347 98220

CROPPING PATTERN:

(a)Wet lands

I Crop : Paddy (Oct – Feb)
II Crop : Paddy (Feb – March)
I Crop : Paddy (Oct – Feb)
II Crop : Pulses (March – May)
Single Crop : Sugarcane / Banana (Dec – Jan) (June – July

(b) Garden lands

I Crop : Paddy (Aug – Dec)
II Crop : Millets / Pulses / Groundnut/ Vegetables( Dec, Jan – March)

I Crop : Cotton ( Sept – Feb)
II Crop : Millets / Pulses / Vegetables (Feb – March)

Single Crop : Sugarcane / Banana (Dec – Jan) (June – July)

(c) Dry lands

(i) Red soils : Cholam (June – Aug) Cumbu ( Aug – Sept) Groundnut (June – July ) ; Minor Millets; Horsegram ( Sept – Oct)

(ii) Black soils : Cholam (Sept – Oct); Cotton (Sept – Oct); Sunflower ( Sept – Oct)


Normal Area, Production and Productivity of Important Crops

Sl.No Crop Area(Ha) Production(MT) Productivity(kgs/ha.) Average Yield Kgs/Ha-(2001-2002)
1. Paddy 25000 100000(Rice) 4000(Rice) 4680
2. Millets 112000 112000 1000 1465
3. Pulses 45300 27180 600 563
4. Cotton (Bales) 8000 19200 2.4 2.93
5. Sugarcane (Gur) 5500 66000 12 MT (Gur) 12.56
6. Oilseeds 36200 50680 1400 1680

STATE LEVEL OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES

Dindigul District farmers secured 2 First prize and 1 Second prize in the 2002-2003 State Level Crop Yield Competition.


The Prize Winner Details with their achievement

SNo Name and Address of the farmer Crop and variety Yield Kgs/Ha Prize Prize Money Rs.
1. Thiru.P.Thangavel GounderS/o Palaniyappa GounderKalipattiThoppampatti BlockPalani Taluk Cumbu (Irrigated) Mahico 7340 Kgs State First RS.8000/-
2. Thiru. K.ChinnakaruppusamyS/o Karuppana GounderKalipattiThoppampatti BlockPalani Taluk Cholam (Irrigated) PJH.77 8290 Kgs. State First RS.8000/-
3. Thiru. V.NatarajS/o VelusamyThoppampatti BlockPalani Taluk Cumbu (Irrigated) Pioneer 6888 Kgs. State Second RS.4000/-

SCHEMES IN OPERATION
Name of the Scheme Contact Person
1. National Watershed Development Project for Rain fed Areas Joint Director of Agriculture and Project Implementing Agencies
2. Mini kit Distribution Assistant Director of Agriculture of Concerned Division / Agricultural Development officer of concerned Block.
3. Integrated Cereal Development Programme (Rice) AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
4. Intensive Cotton Development Programme – (Cotton) AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
5. Oilseeds Production Programme AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
6. National Pulses Development Programme AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
7. Accelerated Maize Development Programme AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
8. Crop Yield Competition AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
9. Coconut Seedlings Distribution AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
10. Coconut Black headed Caterpillar Eradication Programme AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block
11. Incentive to Seed farming AO / ADO of Concerned Division / Block

OFFICERS AND THEIR ADDRESS WITH PHONE NUMBER
Address Phone No.
Joint Director of Agriculture
Collectorate Campus
Dindigul – 624 004
Email: jdadgl@yahoo.co.in
jdagr.tndgl@nic.in
91-451 - 2461910
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Collectorate Campus
Dindigul – 624 004
0451 - 2460705
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Taluk Office Campus
Natham
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Near Bus Stand
Nilakottai
04543 - 233728
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Regulated Market Campus
Dindigul Road
Palani – 624 601
04545 - 250489
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Eriodu Road
Vedasandur
Agricultural Chemist
Soil Testing Laboratory
3, Co-operative Colony
Dindigul – 624 001
Agricultural Chemist
Fertilizer Testing Laboratory
Society Street
Dindigul – 624 001

More Details at http://www.tn.gov.in/department/agri.htm