Water level in dam comfortable with copious inflow
Farmers of Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts are hopeful of raising Kuruvai this year. Comfortable water position at Mettur dam and copious summer showers in the delta region have brought cheers to the farmers and kindled their hopes of raising Kuruvai.
Short term crops of paddy are raised in Kuruvai. The duration is 90 days to 105 days.
It is enough if the water level stood at 90 ft with a storage of 60 tmc ft for opening the dam for Kuruvai cultivation.
But at present the storage in the dam is 79 tmc ft and water level is standing at 110.8 ft on Tuesday. “This storage is enough to open the dam on June 12 for Kuruvai cultivation. So this year we are hopeful of raising Kuruvai,” farmers said.
Last year, farmers had to skip Kuruvai as the dam was opened on July 28. Aadi perukku festival came on August 3 last year and keeping the festival in mind, Government opened the dam on July 28. However, farmers using canal water could not take up Kuruvai cultivation last year.
Mettur dam received an inflow of 26,000 cusecs of water on Monday.
The inflow dwindled to 8000 cusecs on Tuesday. Though the inflow had come down, present storage is enough for opening the dam on June 12.
Normal Kuruvai area in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts approximately is 40,000 hectares each. Meanwhile, agriculture department has advised farmers to take up summer ploughing to prepare the land for Kuruvai cultivation. “Making use of the rain in the past two days in the two districts, farmers should plough the soil and raise green manures like sun hemp, denja and Kolinji so that they may use them as manure in the flowering stage at the time of Kuruvai cultivation.”
Kuruvai is a money-spinner and it comes handy for farmers at the time of Deepavali. Farmers, who depended upon only one long term crop samba last year, are hopeful of raising Kuruvai this year.