“Heavy downpour essential to save crops nearing harvest”

Residents in different parts of the city were greeted with a pleasant surprise on Wednesday morning when they woke up to cool showers.

A steady drizzle and rains graced most areas in the city bringing down the temperature.

Most people have been experiencing chilly nights and mornings for the last three weeks and cool weather prevailed on Wednesday with the skies remaining cloudy.

The city recorded a total of 4 mm of rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and many areas including Simmakkal, K.K. Nagar, Anna Nagar and Periyar Bus Stand experienced mild showers in the evening at around 5 p.m. as well.

For many farmers with agricultural lands in the district, the rains brought in cheer.

The farmers however said that unless there was a heavy downpour or till there was sustained rainfall, it wouldn’t be of much help to their crops which are in different stages nearing harvest.

The lack of rainfall in the district has led to crops drying up on nearly 1,500 hectares of land. Joint Director (Agriculture) Jaisingh Gnanadurai said that if the rains sustained, boom sprayers would be used to spray water in the fields and salvage crops that could be readied for harvest.

While weather reports predict rains in the region for the next few days, the release of the water from the Vaigai credit too might prove fruitful for farmers with nearly 1,200 acres of land in Melur which needed wetting less than two times.

PWD officials say that with the order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court to release water from the Vaigai credit for irrigation in Melur, around 350 mcft of water will be released over the next three days.

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