Farmers seek compensation for crop loss

The Water Resources Department officials have said that water can be released from the Malampuzha reservoir for paddy cultivation till January 31 only, though the farmers demand that water should be released till February 28 to save the standing crop.

The farmers said that they used to get water till March 31 for paddy cultivation in 50,000 acres in the ayacut areas of the Malampuzha irrigation project. But due to the failure of the last two monsoons, it was curtailed to January 31.

This would result in the destruction of crop in vast areas.

The officials said that water in the Malampuzha reservoir would last for distribution for another fortnight only and they were trying to extend distribution till January 31 by regulating supply.

In Mangalam dam

The officials said that water level in Mangalam Dam had also come down drastically and water could be released from it only till January 27.

From the Pothundy dam, water could be released till January 31, they added.

Meanwhile, the Desheeya Karshaka Samajam, a farmers’ forum, has demanded compensation from the government for the loss of agriculture crops due to the shortage of irrigation water in the ayacut areas of Malampuzha, Chitturpuzha, Meenkara and Chulliyar irrigation projects in the district.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, samajam general secretary Muthalamthode Mani said that paddy crop was lost in vast areas due to shortage of water, causing huge losses to the farmersin the district.

The farmers have demanded a compensation of Rs.25,000 for loss of paddy per acre.

  • Release water till February 28, demand farmers

  • Water levels in other dams also come down