Profile / Objectives / Functions.

Thanjavur being the foremost district of the cauvery delta occupies an important position in the agricultural map of Tamil Nadu as 70 percent of the population is engaged in Agriculture and allied activities for their livelihood. The district has  a Geographical area of 3.39 L.Ha with a gross cropped area of around 2.69 L.Ha. Since its formation, the district is called as the “Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu”. The geological formation of Thanjavur district is made up of cretaceous, Tertiary and Alluvial deposits with major area occupied by the Alluvial and Tertiary deposits. Thanjavur has all along been one of the districts with a creditable performance in agricultural production with the farmers relatively more responsive and receptive to new technologies. They also innovative in adopting modern technologies and High Yielding varities. The district is constituted with 3 Revenue Divisions, 9 Taluks, 14 Blocks and 906 Revenue Villages.

The main objectives and functions of the department of agriculture are

  • To double the productity and tripling the farmers income
  • To ensure stability in agricultural production and to increase the agricultural production in a sustainable manner to meet the food requirement of growing population
  • To meet the raw material needs of agro based industries, thereby providing employment opportunities to the rural population.
  • To produce and distribute quality seeds and critical inputs
  • To disseminate the improved production technologies for getting maximum productivity thereby increases the farmer’s income
  • To ensure the fertilizer requirement for the farmers at critical phases of growth
  • To organize On and Off Campus Trainings, Result Demonstration, Adoptive Researcg Trails, Awarness programmes, Village level Meetings and other extension activities at field level
  • The Agriculture Department has taken up the challenge to achieve higher growth rate in agriculture by implementing several development schemes and also propagation of relevant technologies to step up the production.
  • To fetch better return and value addition to agricultural produce are also given priority to improve the economic status of the farming community.

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Schemes / Programmes

Besides crop diversification, various schemes are being implemented in the district disseminate improved production technologies for increasing the productivity of Agricultural crops, as

  • Pradhan Manthri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) on water management through Micro irrigation systems
  • Pradhan Manthri Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY) as new crop insurance scheme
  • Mission on Sustainable Dryland Agriculture (MSDA) to increase the production and productivity of dry land crops
  • Collective Farming to increase the income of small and marginal famers
  • National Mission on Sustainble Agriculture (NMSA) for Soil health improvement through Bio-fertiliser including Green Manuring, adoption of Integrated Nutrient Management (INM)
  • National Agricultural Development Programme (NADP) for Paddy, Millets, Pulses, Oilseeds, Sugarcane, Coconut and Green Manures
  • National Mission on Oilseeds and Oilpalm (NMOOP)
  • National Food Security Mission (NFSM) for Paddy, Pulses and Commercial crops
  • Coconut Development Board (CDB) Schemes
  • Sub Mission on Seeds and Planting Materials (SMSP) for Paddy, Pulses and Oilseeds
  • Special schemes on Kuruvai and Samba packages
  • Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms Scheme (SSEPERS – ATMA)


  • Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization and Water-Bodies Restoration and Management (TN-IAMWARM) is a multidisciplinary project funded by theWorld Bank and implemented by the Water Resources Organization (WRO), PWD and Government of Tamil Nadu as the Nodal Agencies.Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) concentrates on the upscaling of water saving technologies in rice and major garden land crops

RTI Contacts

Deputy Director of Agriculture (GOI) Thanjavur
Phone : 04362 – 267679
Mobile:75502 18062

Adminstrative Officer
O/o Joint Director of Agriculture
phone:04362  267679