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A bumper kuruvai harvest in the pipeline

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BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Transplantation of ``kuruvai' nurseries in full swing at Anbil in Tiruchi district. PHOTO:R. ASHOK.
BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Transplantation of ``kuruvai' nurseries in full swing at Anbil in Tiruchi district. PHOTO:R. ASHOK.

M. Balaganessin

As last year's torrential rains and floods have raise ground water level Preliminary works like ploughing the field and puddling the soil have commenced in villages such as Mannachanallur, Nochiyam, Sridevimangalam, Marakudi, Keezha and Mela Perungalur, Vaalaadi and Padugai

TIRUCHI: No doubt, the floods and torrential rains last year had caused extensive damage to the standing crops in several parts of the district.

But, it has also proved to be a blessing in disguise, resulting in the sharp increase in the groundwater level in many worst-hit areas like Lalgudi, Manapparai, Marungapuri.

Filter-point

Agricultural activity for the forthcoming `kuruvai' season has picked up in several filter-point areas in the district.

Both farmers and officials are anticipating a bumper harvest in the crop this season, thanks to the rise in groundwater table.

The discharge of the waters from the Mettur on June 12 has further strengthened the hopes of the farmers in and around Lalgudi.

As the discharge at Mettur will be realised at Tiruchi from Thursday onwards, they are confident that it will further increase the ground water table, facilitating an assured supply for the current season.

Preliminary works like ploughing the field and puddling the soil have commenced in villages such as Mannachanallur, Nochiyam, Sridevimangalam, Marakudi, Keezha and Mela Perungalur, Vaalaadi and Padugai.

Nurseries

Farmers of Anbil, one of the major filter-point areas in the district, have already raised nurseries about 25 days ago and even started transplanting from Wednesday.

A farmer of Anbil, P. Sivaji, who owns 15 acres, pointed out that that the `kuruvai' season this year had been `advanced' due to copious availability of ground water.

The advancement would facilitate preparing the field for the second crop. "Although the floods had caused extensive damage to banana crop last year, we are confident of irrigating the fields for the double crops this year without any hitch," he says.

In the meantime, the Agriculture Department officials have taken up several measures to ensure bumper harvest.

Crop protection

Pamphlets were being issued to farmers on crop protection measures and periodical interactive sessions to explain the farm techniques were being held in all the `kuruvai' areas.

"After the successive seasons of natural vagaries, the normal area of 8,500 hectares is likely to be covered under `kuruvai' cultivation in the district," says the Joint Director of Agriculture, R. Narayansamy.

While 7,100 hectares is irrigated in the filter-point zones, the balance 1,400 hectares is on the Cauvery delta.

The varieties chosen by the farmers were ADT-36, ADT-43, ADT-R-45 and CO-47 in that order. The Assistant Director of Agriculture, Lalgudi Division, R. Nallusamy, said that bio-fertilisers were being distributed to the farmers, as part of crop protection method.

So far, 23,000 packets of bio-fertilisers had been distributed. Farmers were being trained on nitrogen fixation techniques.

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