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`Declare Tiruvarur drought-hit

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airing views:A farmer speaking at grievances day meeting in Tiruvarur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
airing views:A farmer speaking at grievances day meeting in Tiruvarur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

Farmers of Tiruvarur district have appealed to the State government to declare Tiruvarur district as drought hit and pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre to farmers.

They said that kuruvai could not be raised for want of canal water and the standing samba is also facing water crisis now. Farmers of the district lost heavily this year, they said speaking at the farmers’ grievances day meeting here.

P.R.Pandiyan, Tiruvaur district assistant secretary of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam said that PWD should manage turn system of water release properly. Vennar should get priority in water release over Cauvery and other rivers as Vennar irrigates tail end areas in Tiruvarur district. At a time when farmers are facing water problem, even the available water was not properly released into canals, he alleged.

S.Nadarajan, District Collector presided over the meeting. Agriculture Department officials participated.

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