Water will be released from Bhavanisagar reservoir from January 7 in the Lower Bhavani Project canals for cultivation of dry crops in Erode and neighbouring districts.

The State Government had issued a directive in this regard, ordering the release of water from January 7 to April 30 this year, Collector T. Soundiah said in a press release. Water would be released for a total of 66 days during the above-mentioned period for cultivation of dry crops, the Collector added.

Apart from the Lower Bhavani Project canals, water would also be discharged in the Chennasamudram distribution canal.

Dry crops

The government had asked the farmers to cultivate only dry crops during this period of water release. Farmers should not go in for water-intensive crops, the Collector said. Mr. Soundiah appealed to the farming community to utilise the water judiciously and adopt best water management practices during the cultivation.

The release of water would benefit of over 1 lakh acres of lands coming under the Lower Bhavani Project, Public Works Department officials said.