The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Thanjavur, has appealed to the State and Union government to link rivers.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the one-day seminar organised by the Chamber on “Value addition of agro and agro-based industries in Thanjavur district” at Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) here on Wednesday.

The chamber said beyond cultivation usage, 30 to 40 per cent of water in the Cauvery delta is drained into sea through Kollidam and Cauvery rivers.

This can be saved by constructing bed level check dams which will increase groundwater level. Linking rivers will help overcome drought in many parts of the country.

Governments both at the Centre and the State should encourage entrepreneurs to start agro-based industries in Thanjavur district. The chamber appealed to the government to build godowns to store foodgrains and cold storage chains to help farmers in the delta region.