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NAGAPATTINAM: Farmers in the Cauvery delta region of Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts should get proper insurance cover for the current kuruvai paddy crop in time before the expiry date with the dwindling water resources for cultivation this year.

All who have availed loans or not would be insulated from any adverse impact if they get insurance cover in time, said S. Ranganathan, a progressive farmer and General Secretary of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association, on Thursday.

Decreasing level

Mr. Ranganathan told The Hindu that the water level in the Mettur reservoir had come down to about 60 feet against the full tank level of 120 feet and the water available in the dam would be suffice only for 10 days.

Monsoon truant

The southwest monsoon is playing truant and is still weak in the catchment areas.

This is a serious cause of worry for the farmers who have ventured in a big way to take up the short-term kuruvai paddy cultivation.

Rains in some parts

He pointed out that it was gratifying that at least some part of Tamil Nadu was getting good rains and advised the farmers to get proper insurance cover for the kuruvai crop.

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