Madurai

Farmers raise nurseries as water flows from Vaigai dam

At a time when lockdown has affected the livelihoods of most of the traders and workers, water from Vaigai dam that reached Kallandhiri promises rejuvenation of life for farmers and farmhands as agricultural activities are picking up in Madurai.   | Photo Credit: Moorthy G

Water released from Vaigai dam for irrigation of the first crop of the double-crop region has reached Kallandhiri in Madurai district.

After a gap of several years, water for irrigation of the first crop was released in the first week of June. It will irrigate 45,041 acres of the ayacut of Periyar irrigation system.

The water release will continue for 120 days. For the first 45 days, 900 cusecs of water will be released. Then, it will be released following a turn system.

Paddy farmers in the double-crop region have started raising nurseries in full swing. A few farmers have already raised nurseries using water from their wells.

R. Arul Prakasam, a farmer, said farmers were happy that water was released during the first week of June. He said most farmers were planning to raise paddy for a duration of 120 days.


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