Farmers from the Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) ayacut have appealed to the State Government to extend the duration of water release from the Bhavanisagar reservoir.

The normal date of closing of the dam is December 15. But the farmers in the ayacut will require water till December 30, as the paddy crop in most parts is in the flowering stage, LBP Farmers Association president S. Nallasamy has told a farmers grievances redress meeting held here on Friday.

Over two lakh hectares are being irrigated using the water from LBP canal.

The administration should take the farmers' demand to the notice of the State immediately, Mr. Nallasamy insisted.

Collector V.K. Shanmugam promised to take steps to extend the duration by another 15 days. Kalingarayan Pasana Sabhai President V.M. Velayudham wanted the administration to work out a plan to strengthen the bunds of Kalingarayan canal.