Chennai, Aug 24 (BPNS)
The Vellore Cooperative Mill in Tamil Nadu will supply wild boar repellant to sugar cane farmers across the state from Friday onwards.
Sources in the cooperative mill told BPNS that the repellant had cost Rs 500 per litre with Rs 90 as GST and outstation courier charges will now be available to farmers at half the price. The repellant which is produced by the Agricultural Research Station of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University will be available to be used for the sugarcane farmers of the state from Friday onwards at the subsidized rate.
According to information available, the state government has already placed an order for 10,000 litres of the repellant which can cover around 5000 acres of farm land.
Dr. Thirumurugan of the Agricultural Research Station told media persons that the unit has been producing repellant against wild boar for sugarcane farmers since the past four years and has been supplying locally.
It is to be noted that the repellant will be placed in small plastic boxes tied on a wire between wooden poles on the perimeter at about 2.5 feet from the ground. Holes will be bored into these small plastic boxes allowing the repellant to seep out into the field.
Prof Thirumurgan said that 500 ml of the repellant was enough for a one acre sugarcane field.
It may be noted that the Tamil Nadu sugar cane farmers have been reeling under the attack of wild boars and the decision of the Vellore Sugar Cooperative mill to supply wild boar repellant has become a major relief for the sugar cane farmers as the product is also cost-effective in addition to its effectiveness in controlling the wild boar menace.
Surulirajan, a sugar cane farmer in Erode while speaking to BPNS said, “ Some of the farmers who have used the repellant informed me that it is good to contain the wild boar menace which has been creating a major nuisance to us. The mill is supplying the repellant at half the cost with which it was sold earlier and this is a welcome decision we expects the repellant to help us check the wild boar attack that has been creating major losses to our produce.”