Going by the heavy rainfall last week, the North-East monsoon holds promise, farmers in the district said.
According to S. Nallasamy, president of Lower Bhavani Farmers’ Association, rainfall was particularly more in Gobichettipalayam and Sathyamangalam areas compared to other parts of the district.
Paddy cultivation is progressing in full swing throughout the district. However, due to the depletion of ground water over the years, the farmers could not raise nurseries in time.
That explains why farmers are still at the stage of sowing in areas irrigated by the Lower Bhavani Canal, he added.
According to him, the inflow in the catchment areas of the Bhavani Sagar Dam would not be as much in North-East monsoon season compared to South-West Monsoon, as the latter was of a much lengthier duration. Water storage in the Dam was now at about one-third of its capacity of 32.8 tmc, and may not be sufficient.
But, when compared to previous years, the rainfall during the North West monsoon season in the areas under cultivation was much better,.There is hope that the comfortable water position would sustain until the end of the crop season, Mr. Nallasamy said.