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Rain, a mixed blessing to farmers

Madurai Burau
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It resurrects farming operations in some areas; damages paddy in some other areas

ALAS: Paddy submerged in rainwater at Kokkirakulam in Palayamkottai. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
ALAS: Paddy submerged in rainwater at Kokkirakulam in Palayamkottai. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

: Intermittent drizzle that brought some hope among the farmers desperately waiting to commence the ‘pisanam' paddy season in the tail-end areas of Tamirabharani irrigation system has dashed the hopes of the agriculturists in some areas of the district as the rain has spoilt the paddy ready for harvest.

The belatedly commenced northeast monsoon season has literally resurrected farming operations in the areas beyond Palayamkottai as the farmers did not want to gamble during last ‘kar' paddy season due to the precarious storage level in dams. Following the intermittent drizzle here, the farmers have started the preliminary farming operations for the past few days.

However, the drizzle that started on Wednesday night has damaged the paddy ready for harvest in some areas of Palayamkottai. Farmers who started the last ‘kar' paddy cultivation on a delayed note due to unsatisfactory storage level in Papanasam and Manimuthar dams had raised the crop with a lot of difficulty and the paddy was ready for harvest. The damaged crop has started germinating in some areas like Kokkirakulam.

All waterfalls at Courtallam experienced heavy inflow following rain in the Western Ghats.

Meanwhile, Collector R. Selvaraj convened a meeting here on Thursday to review the preparations being made to neutralize the possible challenges during the northeast monsoon. Corporation Commissioner Ajay Yadav and senior officials from various government departments participated in the meeting.

Dr. Selvaraj declared holiday for the schools in the district on Thursday in view of the overnight drizzle.

Rainfall in the district (in mm): Ambasamudram – 83. 20, Shencottai – 61, Sankarankovil – 50, Pappakudi – 45, Alangulam – 41, Tenkasi – 40.01, Manimuthar Dam – 38.04, Aayikudi – 30.20, Palayamkottai – 30, Cheranmahadevi – 18.02, Sivagiri – 17 and Tirunelveli – 6.

In Tuticorin district, the widespread intermittent drizzle has ensured decent flow into the rain-fed irrigation tanks across the district.

A house at Kadambur was partially damaged due to the rain.

Rainfall in the district (in mm): Tuticorin – 91.40, Kaayalpattinam – 75, Tiruchendur and Maniyaachi – 60, Kayathaar and Srivaikuntam – 47, Ottapidaaram – 24, Vaippar and Kadambur – 22, Vedanaththam, Kulasekarapattinam and Kaadalkudi – 20, Soorankudi – 16, Vilaaththikulam and Kovilpatti – 10, Kazhugumalai – 5, Keezha Arasadi – 13, Ettaiyapuram – 11 and Saataankulam – 7.

Nagercoil

Heavy rain continued to lash different parts of the district for the third day on Thursday and water level in all four dams such as Pechipprai, Perunchani, Chittar I and Chittar II is slowly picking up. However the sky remained overcast throughout the day.

The water level in all these dams was very low when compared to the position seen last year. Salt production in south Thamaraikulam and nearby areas, brick kiln production in Aralvoimozi and surrounding areas and latex tapping from rubber plantations in Kulasekaram, Thirparappu, Marvoorkonam, Marunthukottai, Kaliyal and nearby areas were hit due to incessant rain.

A rainfall of 49 mm was recorded at Mullankinavilai followed by Koziporvilai (32 mm), Kurunthencode (18.6 mm), Eraniel (14.6 mm), Colachel (12.4 mm), Nagercoil (11.5 mm), Myladi (9 mm), Aralvoimozhi (4.6 mm), Anaikidangu (3 mm), Kottaram (2.6 mm) and Kannimar (1.5 mm).

The water level in Pechipparai dam stood at 17.15 feet (it was 33.85 feet during the same date last year), 41.40 feet in Perunchani (69.85 feet last year), 2.59 feet in Chittar I (14.30 feet last year) and 2.69 feet in Chittar II (14.40 feet last year).

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