TAMIL NADU

Kuruvai crop may be skipped on 10,000 ha

Special Correspondent

Uncertainty over release of water from Mettur dam



Ryots in Cauvery command area raise nurseries with pumpsets

Transplantation has been completed on 15,000 hectares



Nagapattinam: The short-term kuruvai crop is likely to be skipped in 10,000 hectares out of the normal area of 35,000 hectares in Nagapattinam district this year, what with the uncertainty over water release from the Mettur dam even by the end of next month.

Last year, the kuruvai paddy was planted on all 35,000 hectares (25,000 hectares coming under the Cauvery division command areas of Kuttalam, Mayiladuturai, Sirkazhi, Sembanarkovil and Vaitheeswarankovil and 10,000 hectares in the Vennar division command areas of Kilvelur, Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam and Talainayar).

Farmers in the Cauvery command area have raised nurseries with the help of agricultural pumpsets by May-end without depending on the release of water from the dam on the scheduled date of June 12. Transplantation has been completed on 15,000 hectares. However, the delay in the release of water has caused them anxiety, as they depend upon the Cauvery water to supplement the irrigation. Farmers in the Vennar division ,who depend only on the river water even for raising the nurseries, are likely to skip the crop on 10,000 hectares and go for one crop this year.

Agriculture Department officials say farmers in the Vennar division can raise the kuruvai crop if they receive water even by the end of next month. However, the farmers in the Kilvelur, Talainayar, Vedaranyam and Nagapattinam blocks are averse to taking the risk of raising the crop after July, fearing it will be affected by the northeast monsoon rain.

‘Approach Karnataka’

A cross-section of farmers in the Mayiladuturai and Sirkazhi areas have urged the Government to approach Karnataka to get the quantum of water for June, awarded in the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and release water by the first week of next month so that the transplanted kuruvai crop could be saved in their areas.

Primary agricultural cooperative banks and commercial banks have started delaying lending of crop loans, taking advantage of the delay in water release.



Ryots in Cauvery command area raise nurseries with pumpsets

Transplantation has been completed on 15,000 hectares





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