ANDHRA PRADESH

Ryots told to choose crops based on water availability

CUDDAPAH, JUNE 1. Efforts were in progress to provide irrigation to larger extents under projects such as the Tungabhadra dam, Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme and the Tungabhadra High-Level and Low-Level Canals by improving efficiency, asserted the Superintending Engineer of the Telugu Ganga project, Ch. Vijaya Kumar.

Delivering a lecture on `efficiency of water resources system' at the Institution of Engineers (India) local centre, on the occasion of Water Resources Day on Monday, Mr. Vijaya Kumar explained that the efficiency of water resource system depended on the inflows, allocation of water and diversion to the systems, choice of cropping patterns and controlling unauthorised irrigation. The SE stressed the need for water conservation and adoption of modern farming techniques and advised farmers to choose crops basing on water availability. Water storage levels in reservoirs and anicuts should be maintained by checking wastage of water, he observed.

The IEI honorary secretary, K. Suryanarayana Reddy, who welcomed the gathering, urged business and commercial establishments to take steps to conserve water.

The past chairmen of IEI, G. Mohanrami Reddy and R.S. Murthy, retired SE, Lakshmanna, and faculty members of KSRM College of Engineering and Madina Engineering College here and Annamacharya Institute of Technology and Science, Rajampet, participated.