Ensure continuous supply in rivers: delta farmers

Staff Reporter

To take up short-term kuruvai cultivation

NAGAPATTINAM: Farmers in the Cauvery delta region of Nagapattinam district have urged the Government to supply full capacity of water from the Grand Anicut continuously for a month in all the three river systems of Cauvery, Vennar and Grand Anicut Canal.

“So that it will reach the tail end areas of the delta region at least by end of this month and enable the farmers to take up the short-term kuruvai cultivation without difficulty.”

A cross-section of farmers who spoke to The Hindu on Friday thanked the Government for its announcement of releasing the water from Mettur reservoir for Cauvery delta irrigation on the scheduled date of June 12 this year and requested the Government not to introduce turn system immediately in all the three rivers of Cauvery, Vennar and Grand Anicut Canal after the release of water from the Grand Anicut.

They also wanted the Government to discharge at least 25,000 cusecs from the Mettur dam for Cauvery delta irrigation till the water reaches the entire tail-end areas of the delta.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture department has proposed to cover the short-term kuruvai crop on about 35,000 hectares this year against the normal area of 25,000 hectares.

The Agriculture department has been encouraging farmers to raise the kuruvai crop under the system of rice intensification (SRI) method of cultivation to achieve 50 per cent more yield with less cost of production.

A senior official of the Agriculture department said that ryots in Mayiladuturai region coming under under the Cauvery command area had started transplanting kuruvai paddy seedlings to cover about 10,000 hectares with the help of agricultural pump sets in Kuthalam, Mayiladuturai, Sirkazhi, Vaitheeswarankovil and Sembanarkovil areas.

M. Jayaraman, Collector, said that the Agriculture department was keeping adequate quantity of paddy seeds and fertilizers to meet the requirement of the farmers.

He said that all the primary agricultural co-operative banks (PACBs) and commercial banks had been instructed to issue crop loans quickly for raising the kuruvai crop.

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