Team visits drought-hit areas of Nellai district

They will submit report to the government in a day or two

Published - January 07, 2017 12:21 am IST - TIRUNELVELI:

Team of officials visiting drought-hit fields at Kannarpatti village near Manur in Tirunelveli district on Friday.

Team of officials visiting drought-hit fields at Kannarpatti village near Manur in Tirunelveli district on Friday.

Even as more than 80 per cent of the crops, both paddy and rainfed crops, cultivated in the district have wilted due to acute water scarcity caused by monsoon failure, a team of officials, led by Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Youth Welfare and Sports, visited the affected areas in the district on Friday.

Since the district is reeling under drought-like situation after the northeast monsoon failed, most of the paddy farmers refrained from beginning ‘pisanam’ paddy cultivation and the rainfed crops cultivated in several parts of the district have withered due to water scarcity.


After the farmers repeatedly appealed to the district administration to declare the district ‘drought-hit’ and sought compensation for crop loss, a team, led by Mr. Rajendra Kumar visited the affected areas along with Minister for Adi Dravida Welfare V.M. Rajalakshmi and Collector M. Karunakaran on Friday.

The team visited Maanur, Kaanaarpatti, Vannikonenthal, Marukkaalankulam, Thirumalaapuram, Aayaalpatti, Thonukaal, Melaneelithanallur, Kurukkalpatti, Sankarankovil, Perunkottur, Perumpaththur, Karivalamvanthanallur and Panaiyoor during its whirlwind inspection organised on Friday.

The farmers had cultivated black gram and green gram in most of these areas while farmers of Medina Nagar and Panaiyoor near Sankarankovil had cultivated maize. “Since there was no rain during the northeast monsoon, there is no water in any of the waterbodies in this region, where groundwater table has fallen beyond 500 feet. So rain and our waterbodies have let us down. Consequently, all farmers have suffered huge loss though they had gone in for rainfed crop cultivation. The government should come to our rescue,” said P. Velumayil, district president of Tamil Nadu Vivasaayigal Sangam.

Farmers who had cultivated paddy in the district had suffered heavy loss, he said.

The team, based on its findings, will submit its report to the government within a day or two so that the official machinery would take appropriate decision on declaring the district ‘drought-hit’.

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