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Joint Director [Agriculture]
25, Nethaji Road
Nagapattinam 611 001

Boat on Fishing Tourism Plays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

Catched Fish - moving outFishing along with Para marine activities like Dry fish ,Prawn farming constitues the second Major economy for the district. The marine ecosystem provides mankind with food, medicines, industrial products and pleasure.  

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The Second Major Economy

Nagapattinam District is a coastal District of Tamilnadu. It lies between 10.10° to 11.20° North latitude and 79.15° to 79. 50° East longitude. Seeding Field It is bounded by Bay of Bengal on the east the palk strait on the south, The Tiruvarur and Thanjavur District on the West and Northwest and Cuddalore District on the North. Nagapattinam District with an area of 2715.83 Square kilometres, still continutes to contribute its share in the production of Rice in Tamilnadu.

In order to ensure people's friendly administration, the procedures and the details of schemes implemented for the welfare of the citizens, the activities of the department connected with the people of the state and the normal time taken for the implementation of such schemes have been consolidated and furnished below .

We have raised so many importantagricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton. The details of Normal are coverage are given below.

The Support Mechanism

J.D[Agri.] Office

In our country, majority of the population depend on Agriculture for their livelihood. The Department is taking proactive initiatives to increasing the Agricultural production to meet the demand of increasing population. Government is implementing various schemes to help the farmers to adopt new technologies for increasing the productivity of crops.

Department of Agriculture is taking intensive efforts to increase the Agricultural production by promoting advanced technologies like System of Rice Intensification, Precision Farming besides timely supply of quality inputs and also protect the farmers from natural calamities through National Agricultural Insurance scheme.

The Department also provides subsidies to farmers under various schemes towards distribution of quality seeds, micronutrients, plant protection equipments, farm machinery etc

Organisational Set up
  1. District Level

    Joint Director of Agriculture is incharge of all the activities at District Level. He is assisted by Deputy Directors of Agriculture State and Government of India Scheme.

    One Assistant Director of Agriculture [Quality Control] is positioned in the district for monitoring quality control aspects.

    In addition one Deputy Director of Agriculture [PPM] / Personal Assistant [Agri.] to the District Collector has been positioned to assist the Collector in overseeing the implementation of agricultural schemes and to coordinate with other departments for effective implementation of such schemes.

  2. Block Level

    At the block level one Assistant Director of Agriculture is incharge of all Agricultural Development activities and he is the Controlling Officer for all the Agricultural Staff at block level. He is assisted by Agricultural Officer, Deputy Agricultural Officer, Assistant Seed Officer and Assistant Agricultural Officers in extension activities, scheme implementation and procurement activities.


    State Agricultural Extension Management Institute [STAMIN] is situated at Kudumianmalai. Main objective of this Institute is to train the Technical Officers of the Department. Director [Additional Director of Agriculture] STAMIN is the Head of this Institution. He is assisted by two Deputy Directors of Agriculture, Four Assistant Directors of Agriculture and Five Agricultural Officers on various training aspects. There are two Hostels to accommodate the trainees two guest houses, Conference Hall, Library, Computor room with sufficient facilities.

  1. Scientific approach Taking efforts for uplift of the rural economy and reservation of ecological balance.
  2. based on the requirements of Agro climatic zones.
  3. To march towards second green revolution by increasing productivity, production and  profitability.
  4. implementation of farmers welfare schemes such as Integrated Watershed Development, land management, development of water resources, organic farming especially use of green manure, bio fertilizer, bioconversion of agricultural wastes, bio pesticides and parasites. Integrated Pest Management, remunerative price to agricultural produce, processing, value addition to agricultural produce promotion of export potential crops, with a view to ensure economic improvement, besides rural prosperity
Details of Important Crops in District
Sl.No. Name of the Crop Normal Area in Hectare
1 RICE 1,54,945
3 COTTON 650
5 GINGELLY 2,950
6 GREENGRAM 17,130
7 BLACKGRAM 48,400
9 COCONUT 3,116


Extension Services
  1. The Assistant Agricultural Officers positioned at village level will visit each segment of the village once in 15 days. The farmers may meet him at the contact point for their requirements.
  2. The farmers may get their doubts clarified from their group Assistant Agricultural Officers or Agricultural Officers.
  3. If necessary, the Assistant Agricultural Officer may be taken  to their fields to get technical guidance.
  4. Farmers may get benefited by adopting in their fields the technologies demonstrated by the Assistant Agricultural Officers in the evening village meetings.
  5. Agricultural Officer [Information and training] or Agricultural Officer [SMS] may be approached for solving the problems of pests diseases in the cropping.
  6. The concerned Agricultural Development Officer at the block headquarters may be contacted for relief measures during natural calamities like flood and drought.
  7. Soil analysis and irrigation water analysis can be done either through Assistant Agricultural Officer or directly depositing the soil/water samples duly paying the prescribed fees. If 100 or more samples either soil or irrigation water are to be analyzed at the same time, the mobile soil testing van may be requisitioned through the concerned Assistant Director of Agriculture
  8. The Agricultural Chemist may be approached through Assistant Agricultural Officer for reclaiming the saline and alkaline soils.
  9. The Agricultural programmes of Television and Radio may be utilized by the farmers for technical guidance in the cultivation of crops. The Joint Director of Agriculture of their district may be approached for taking part in agricultural programmes of Television/ Radio.
  10. For allied activities of agriculture such as Horticulture Development, Sericulture, Agricultural Marketing through regulated markets, cultivation loans through Co-operatives, the Agricultural Officers/ Agricultural Development Officers/ Assistant Directors of Agriculture may be contacted for guidance.
  11. A TANWA has been positioned in each Agricultural Division for training and technical guidance to farm women which conducts village based training, follow up visits and farm conference. Farm women may get benefited from the same.
  12. Farmers training centres are functioning in Kancheepuram, Tindivanam, Navlock [Vellore District], Dharmapuri, Salem, Bhavani, Kudumianmalai [Pudukkottai] Sakkottai [Thanjavur], Lalkudi [Trichy] Paramakudi [Ramanad] Tirunelveli and Tirupathisaram [Kanyakumari]. Each Farmers Training Centre conducts 22 village based training, 10 trainings for Farmer discussion group?s convenors 44 method demonstrations and 110 peripatetilc demonstrations in a year. Besides, farm news, question and answers, etc. programmes are conducted through Farm Radio Service. Further it conducts Farmer?s Festival, Study tour, etc.. These programmes may be best utilised by the farmers.
  13. Daily at 6.40 AM there is an exclusive programme :Uzhavarkallukku Oru Varthai" [A word to farmers] in the AIR through which the crop production messages, pests and diseases for warnings, etc. are broad casted for the benefit of farmers.
  14. Farmers Field School are conducted in 1400 locations under Integrated Cereals Development Programme-Rice and in 1100 locations under Integrated Cotton Development Programme each having a group of 25 farmers. The farmers around may get benefited either by participation or interaction.
  15. 50 Ha demonstrations are conducted one per each block participated by all departments under ministry of Agriculture which will benefit the farmers.
  16. A subsidy of Rs.6000/Ha, i.e. Rs.3000 per Ha for establishment of new coconut gardens and Rs. 1500 per year for subsequent 2 years for maintenance is available through Coconut Development Board under area expansion Programme. Farmers may get benefited.
  17. Crop Yield Competition are conducted at State Level and District Level. For paddy and groundnut, the first and second prizes at State level are Rs. 25000/- and Rs.15000/- respectively. For other crops it is Rs.8000/- and Rs.4000/- respectively. For Paddy and irrigated groundnut at district level the first and second prizes are Rs.8000/- and Rs. 4000/- and for other crops at district level Rs. 4000/- and Rs. 2000/- respectively. The farmers may take part in the competition and get benefited.
  1. Agricultural Extension centres are functioning at two per Panchayat Union. I.e. one at Panchayat Union head quarters and the other at a major place within the Panchayat Union jurisdiction [in some cases at a third place ]. All inputs dealt by Agriculture Department are distributed through Agricultural extension Centre for all their crop needs.
  2. The availability of inputs and the details of subsidy available may be known from Assistant Agricultural Officers concerned or Agricultural Development Officers of the Agricultural Extension Centre. These details are depicted in the information boards kept in the Agricultural Extension Centers.
  3. The Agricultural Development Officers of the concerned Panchayat Union may be contacted for arrangement of the seed farms.
  4. Micro nutrient mixtures intended for groundnut, gingili and sunflower are sold at subsidized cost in the Agricultural Extension Centers which may be availed of. 5. Similarly bio fertilizers for pulses and oilseeds are sold at subsidized cost in Agricultural Extension Centers for farmers use.
  5. The implements required fit day to day agricultural operation viz. Crowbar and mammutty are sold at 50%. The farmers may avail this till the scheme is completed.
  6. Quality coconut seedlings of Tall. TxD and DxT varieties are produced in 26 coconut nurseries. The Agricultural Extension Centers concerned may be approached for the farmers requirement.
  7. For the control of early shoot borer and inter code borer of sugarcane parasites are produced in 21 parasite breeding centers to cover 10500Ha. The farmer can make use of this facility.
  8. Clarification on the sale of fertilizers and pesticides at Government prescribed prices and quality standards can be had from concerned Assistant Director of Agriculture or Agricultural Officer [Quality Control] of his office.
  9. Eight lakhs Fertilizer identity cards will be issued to the farmers in 27 Agricultural Divisions to enable the farmers to get fertilizers in time at fixed prices through Co-operative Institutions.

The subsides and facilities made available during 1997-98 have been furnished below. These will be available to farmers during 1998-99 based on the decisions of Government of India and State Government at the same level or with some modifications. Reclamation of Saline and Alkaline lands as per soil test results.

Green manure Seed distribution
50% subsidy
Zinc Sulpahte
50% subsidy
Minikit of Rice
90% subsidy
Name of the Scheme
National Watershed Development Project for Rain fed Areas
Mini kit Distribution
Integrated Cereal Development Programme (Rice)
Intensive Cotton Development Programme -(Cotton)
Oilseeds Production Programme
National Pulses Development Programme
Accelerated Maize Development Programme
Crop Yield Competition
Coconut Seedlings Distribution
Coconut Black headed Caterpillar Eradication Programme
Incentive to Seed farming


  1. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana | Crop Insurance Scheme[pmfby]

    Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is the new crop damage insurance scheme that has been approved by the Union Cabinet in January 2016. It will replace the existing two crop insurance schemes National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Modified NAIS. The new scheme will come into force from the Kharif season starting in June this year.

    1. Crops covered
      The scheme covers kharif, rabi crops as well as annual commercial and horticultural crops. For Kharif crops, the premium charged would be up to 2% of the sum insured. For Rabi crops, the premium would be up to 1.5% of the sum assured. For annual commercial and horticultural crops, premium would be 5 per cent. The remaining share of premium will be borne equally by the central and respective state governments.
    2. Insurance
      There will be one insurance company for the whole state. Private insurance companies will be roped along with Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AIC) to implement the scheme. Losses covered Apart from yield loss, the new scheme will cover post-harvest losses also. It will also provide farm level assessment for localised calamities including hailstorms, unseasonal rains, landslides and inundation.
    3. Use of technology
      The scheme proposes mandatory use of remote sensing, smart phones and drones for quick estimation of crop loss. This will speed up the claim process.
    4. Other features
      Within next 2-3 years, the scheme aims to bring 50% farmers under the scheme. The settlement of claims will be fastened for the full sum assured. About 25% of the likely claim will be settled directly on farmers account. There will not be a cap on the premium and reduction of the sum insured.
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    The PMFBY scheme implementation inagural function with the chairmanship of Hon'ble Handloom and Textile minister has been conducted at collectorate, Nagapattinam. Hon'ble Handloom and Textile Minister has addressed the farmer about the benefits of the PMFBY scheme.

    Hon'ble Handloom and Textile Minister has pointed out that different stages of crop and risk leading to crop loss are covered under the scheme. Insured area is prevented from sowing or planting due to deficit rainfall or adverse seasonal conditions. Comprehension risk insurance is provided to cover yield losses due to non-preventable risks like, drought, dry spells, flood, inundation, Pest and disease problem.

    Exhibition regarding PMFBY scheme has been installed at collectorate at the time of inagural function. Pamplets regarding benefits and guidelines of PMFBy scheme has been distributed to farmers.

    Power Point presentation has been made regarding guidelines of PMFBY has been made at the time of inagural function. District level monitoring committee has been formed with District Collector as Chairman. The following steps has been taken to promote the enrollement of farmers in PMFBY scheme in Nagapattinam.

    With the efforts 35304 Loanee farmers and 94768 Non-Loanee farmers have been enrolled under PMFBY. 47032 Hectares of Loanee farmers and 85237 Hec. of Non-Loanee farmers have been insured.

    The premium amount collected is for Loanee farmer Rs.317.27 Lakhs and for Non-Loanee farmers Rs.772.68 Lakhs. The sum insured for Loanee farmers is Rs.21401.91 Lakhs and for Non-Loanee farmers 53078.56 Lakhs.

    31603 loanee farmer and 83014 non-loanee farmer are enrolled through PACCS and 3701 lonee farmer and 4180 non-loanee are enrolled through Nationalized Banks and 7574 non-loanee farmer are enrolled through New India Assurance Company which is Nodal Insurance Company for Nagapattinam District. 1,30,072 farmers and 1,32,268 Hectares of area are totally covered under PMFBY in Nagapattinam District.


  1. Seed Multiplication Scheme of paddy, pulses and oilseeds
    In order to encourage the seed growers the incentive is provided along with procurement price for the seeds produced by farmers.
    Premium for the production of certified seeds Rs.2/Kg. of seed.
    Premium for the Pulses Foundation procurement Price Fixation Production cost (or) LMR (whichever is higher) + 20% + premium Rs.10/- per Kg. Pulses Certified seed Procurement Price Fixation Production cost (or) Local Market Rate (LMR) whichever is higher + 20% + Premium Rs.5/- per Kg.
    Premium for the production of seeds of Foundation Class - Rs.3/Kg. Certified Class - Rs.2/Kg
    All farmers who produce and supply the seeds to the Department of Agriculture on contract basis are eligible to enroll and register their seed farms. The required quantity of seeds will be supplied by the Department through Agricultural Extension Centres on payment of the cost of the seed as per the sale price fixed by the Department. The seeds supplied will have certification tags issued by the Department of Seed Certification
    Contact offcial
    Village Level Assistant Agricultural Officer Block Level Assistant Seed Officer / Deputy Agricultural Officer/ Assistant Director of Agriculture
  2. Integrated Farming in Coconut Holding for Productivity Improvement
    Laying out Demonstration Plots - Rs.35000/- will be given in 2 instalments towards laying out demonstration plots - Rs.17500/Ha. per year
    Coconut farmers having coconut trees as Garden
    Contact Officer
    Village Level
    Assistant Agricultural Officer Block Level Deputy Agricultural Officer / Assistant Director of Agriculture
  3. Assistance to Farmers for improving the Soil Health
    1. Distribution of Green manures[ Target -14 Ton].
    2. Distribution of M.N. mixture at full cost for all crops.[ Target - 50 Tons]
      Paddy (Basal)
    3. Distribution of Bio-fertilizer at full cost[Target - 5.33 Lakh Nos]
      Azospirillum, Rhizobium and phosphobacteria - Rs.6/packet of 200 grams.
    4. Vermi composting of Agricultural waste - Organising Demonstration and Training
      1. Rs.1200/- is provided for Demonstration.
      2. Rs.50/Farmer towards incidental charges for training. 50 farmers per batch.[ Target - 12 Nos.]
    5. Supply of Pleurotus kits 180 minikits each worth Rs.140/- containing 5 Kgs. Of Urea, 1 Kg. of Pleurotus and a technical pamphlet are given at free of cost
    6. Soil and Water Sample Analysis
      Analysis of soil samples.
      A concession fee of Rs.5/ sample will be collected for analysis of Macro Nutrient and Rs.5/samples for micro nutrient analysis.
      Analysis of water sample
      A concession fee of Rs.10/sample will be collected for analysis of water samples.
    All Farmers in the District are eligible
    contact officer
    Village Level Assistant Agricultural Officer Block Level Deputy Agricultural Officer / Assistant Director of Agriculture
  4. Crop Yield Competition
    At District Level (Paddy) First Prize - Rs.15000
    2nd Prize - Rs.10000
    All the farmers in the district are eligible to enroll in the competition by remitting Rs.50/- for paddy crop.
    contact officer
    Village Level Assistant Agricultural Officer Block Level Deputy Agricultural Officer / Assistant Director of Agriculture
  5. Seed Village Scheme
    Seed Distribution
    [ Target - Paddy 70 ton. ]
    Distribution of certified seeds of paddy, millets, pulses and Oilseeds at 50% cost for the production of quality seeds by farmers.
    40 ton.
    150 ton.
    8 ton.
    [Target - 75 Nos].
    3 days training on Seed Production Technology. Training given during three important phases of the crop to farmers who receive seeds from the Department under the Seed Village Scheme. 50 farmers per training.
    Supply of Storage Bin
    [Target: 1520 Nos.]
    Storage Bin at subsidy
    for 20 quintal bin
    10 quintal bin or 33% subsidy for SC farmers
    20 quintal bin
    10 quintal bin or 25% subsidy for other farmers.
    All the farmers in selected blocks under Seed Village Scheme.
    contact officer
    Village Level Assistant Agricultural Officer Block Level Deputy Agricultural Officer / Assistant Director of Agriculture
  6. ISOPOM Oilseeds
    Production of Foundation and Certified Seeds
    seeds produced and supplied to the Department are entitled for a subsidy of Rs.1000 per quintal.
    [ Target
    Production of Foundation Seeds - 400 quintal. Production of Certified seeds = 600 Quintal.
    Distribution of Certified
    Seeds 50% of cost of seed (maximum Rs.1200/- per quintal) Target 600 quintal.
    Compact Block Demonstration of 5 Ha.
    Each - 50% subsidy on the cost of inputs with maximum limit per Demonstration.
    6 Nos.
    4 nos.
    2 Nos.
    Distribution of Rhizobium Packets
    A subsidy of 50% on the cost (mazimum Rs.100/ per Ha.) Target 2500 Ha.
    Organising Integrated Pest Management
    Demonstration of 10 Ha. Each - a provision of Rs.22680/- is made towards the cost of inputs to layout the demonstration and Training. Target: 4 Nos.
    Distribution of Gypsum
    50% of the cost of material plus transport charges (maximum Rs.750/- per Ha.) Target: 800 Ha.
    Distribution of Plant Protection Equipment
    For Manually operated sprayers
    50% subsidy in the cost of equipment (maximum Rs.800/-)[Target 20 Nos]
    For Power Operated sprayer[s
    50% subsidy in the cost of equipment (maximum Rs.2000/-)Target 20 Nos].
    Training of Farmers on Oilseeds Production Technologies
    A provision of Rs.15000/- per bastch of 50 farmers towards incidental charges.
    [Target: 10 Batches.]
    Distribution of Bio-Pesticides
    50% subsidy (maximum Rs.250/Ha.)
    [Target 220 Ha. ]
    Distribution of Weedicides
    50% Subsidy (maximum Rs.500/Ha.)
    [Target 4 Ha.]
    Pipes carrying water from source to field
    A subsidy of 50% in the cost or maximum of Rs.15000 whichever is less for water carrying pipes upto 800m and all types of pipes (PVC/HDPE etc.,) and all size as per the requirement of the farmer.
    [ Target 67 Nos]
    Combined Nutrient Spray for Groundnut
    A subsidy of Rs.200/- per ha. for spraying of nutrient mixture of DAP, Ammonium Sulphate and Borax.[ Target: 50 Ha.]
    • Those farmers who produce and supply Foundation and Certified class seeds to the Department are eligible to avail the benefit.
    • All the farmers who cultivate Oilseeds in the District are eligible.
    • Preference to Small and Marginal farmers.
    • 24% flow to SC/ST 30% flow to Women Farmers
    contact officer
    Village Level Assistant Agricultural Officer Block Level Deputy Agricultural Officer / Assistant Director of Agriculture