However, this rain will not be useful to paddy growers
: Even marginal increase in storage level in Periyar dam brought cheers to farmers who have perennial crops, thanks to moderate to heavy rain in many parts of the district and in the dam catchment.
It is a great boon to rainfed crops.
Water level in Periyar dam rose marginally to 115.3 feet on Saturday from 114.9 feet on Friday.
Inflow increased manifold to 1,213 cusecs and the discharge restricted to 200 cusecs.
The Periyar dam and Thekkadi recorded 48 mm and 31.8 mm respectively.
Many parts of the district had received minor to moderate downpour on Friday night.
However, this rain will not be useful to the paddy growers as possibility of raising paddy at this stage as the first crop in double cropping area in Cumbum valley was very remote.
Still, agriculture officials advised them to raise crops through direct sowing.
Area under paddy cultivation in the valley was little more than 8,500 acres out of total 14,045 acres as on date. Some farmers raised seedlings utilising groundwater source and completed transplantation with the water released from the dam.
(Later, the PWD officials stopped discharge, owing to poor storage in the Periyar dam.).
But the rain was a blessing to rainred crops on more than one lakh acres and perennial crops in thousands of acres in the district.
Many farmers in rain fed areas raised tuar dhall, maize, ground nut and pulses.
The shower will also protect standing crops like sugarcane, coconut, banana, mango and other horticulture crops.
Storage level came down sharply in the Vaigai dam, owing to poor rain in its catchments.
Inflow was mere five cusecs and the discharge 60 cusecs only.
Rainfall recorded at various places in the district in mm was: Periyar 48, Thekkadi 37.8, Goodalur 9, Uthamapalayam 5, Vaigai dam 4 and Shanmuga River dam 15.
Kodaikanal recorded heavy downpour on Friday night. Mild showers recorded in Dindigul and nearby areas.