Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Land irrigated by minor irrigation tanks have not got their full share of water this year as only 11 per cent of the tanks in the State are full, and 18 per cent have not received any water.

According to information obtained by The Hindu, minor irrigation tanks irrigate more than 4.12 lakh hectares of land.

The worst affected districts are those of southern Karnataka where of the 2,003 minor irrigation tanks, only 188 are full, and 446 have not received any water at all this year owing to scanty rainfall.

For the districts in northern Karnataka, the situation was slightly better. Of the 1,362 minor irrigation tanks, 183 are full, and only 161 have not received water this year.

Sources in the Agriculture Department here said that lack of water in most of the minor irrigation tanks in the State would affect agricultural production.

Of the 3,365 minor irrigation tanks in the State with a total storage capacity of 9,82,57 million cubic ft, only 371 are full, and 607 have not got water at all.

Worst hit

Hassan, Chikmagalur and Belgaum districts are the worst hit.

Shimoga, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu are the four districts where all the minor irrigation tanks are either full or received water to some extent this year.