In-Charge Collector N. Yuvaraj said that farmers were cautioned in advance against cultivating paddy due to the difficulty in fulfilling their water requirement in Krishna delta.

This situation was caused by deficit rainfall and the farmers were asked to not entirely rely on paddy, instead go for irrigated dry crops which need lesser quantities of water.

There are yet many farmers who are diverting water meant for ID crops to paddy and they are being discouraged from doing so. Mr. Yuvaraj was responding to Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew’s suggestion to give priority to cultivation of ID crops during a video-conference on Wednesday.

Joint Director of Agriculture V. Sridhar was present.