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He revives farming in effluent-affected area

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M.P. Marimuthu (75), who was one among the many hundreds of farmers on the banks of River Noyyal affected by the indiscriminate effluent discharge of Tirupur dyeing units, has defied all odds to revive farming on his 24-acre plot after a 20-year gap.

The plot situated at Morattupalayam hamlet, which was once a prosperous tract for cotton and vegetables, has been lying barren after the soil health was irreparably damaged due to the intensity of the pollution that stunted the crop growth.

It should be noted that this situation prompted the farmers along the Noyyal banks to approach Madras High Court seeking compensation and criminal prosecution against the dyeing units in the mid-1990s. The court ordered closure of all dyeing and bleaching units in Tirupur in 2011, and also the compensation.

Unlike many farmers who lost hope of reviving agriculture on the highly polluted soil and joined textile units for employment after their livelihood got affected, Mr. Marimuthu recently decided to make an attempt for reclamation of the land to raise coconut using novel technique.

With the rich experience got from the farm and also the technical inputs from Agriculture Department officials, he planted coconuts which have now grown to a considerable size.

Mr. Marimuthu himself plans to expand cultivation area.

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