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Farmers want channel to carry surplus water from rivers

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A section of farmers from the Kannivadi belt in the district, on Thursday, urged the Collector M. Vijayalakshmi to see the possibility of constructing a channel to carry surplus water from the Kudavanar and the Mangaraiyar rivers so that the surplus flow can be channelised to areas requiring water.

“The two minor rivers originating in the Palani hills can serve irrigation needs of part of the district. Kannivadi and nearby areas are highly prone to drought. There has been no rain for the past eight years and we have been using only well water for irrigation,” said a farmer.

“If a channel is built connecting the river, the surplus water during a good monsoon can be channelised. The water will benefit a number of tanks till Thadikombu and on the western direction, the channel can be connected to the channel from Udumalpet,” he added.

They asked the Collector to visit the area and prepare a proposal for the benefit of farmers.

A couple of farmers said that supply channels to a pond in T. Pudupatti under Reddiyarchatram Panchayat Union remain clogged even after kudimaramathu work. “The pond was desilted but no effort was made to restore supply channel. The pond would have easily filled up in two days rain but all the rainwater has gone waste,” they said.

The Collector directed the officials concerned to look into the issue. She presented cash prizes of ₹ 10,000 each to two farmers who had secured second place in the State-level in production of maize and pearl millet.

District Revenue Officer P. Velu, Agriculture Joint Director Pandithurai, Horticulture Deputy Director Srinivasan, Personal Assistant to Collector (Agri) Gnanasekaran and other officials participated in the meeting.

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