TAMIL NADU

Officials, farmers walk to create awareness on water conservation

For a cause: Officials and farmers took out a Neervazhipathai Nadaipayanam from Kungumapalayam village, near Kundadam, on Saturday.

For a cause: Officials and farmers took out a Neervazhipathai Nadaipayanam from Kungumapalayam village, near Kundadam, on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: – PHOTO:M. GOVARTHAN

Staff Reporter

Walk a part of State-wide effort; farmers use the opportunity to put forward their demands

ERODE: In an effort to create awareness on water conservation and management, officials and farmers walked along an irrigation canal near Kundadam on Saturday.

Led by the District Revenue Officer M. Mayakrishnan, officials from the Parambikulam-Aliyar wing of the Public Works Department, Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Horticulture and other departments walked with farmers along the Veruvedampalayam branch canal, from Kungumampalayam village.

Before starting the walk, Mr. Mayakrishnan said as part of the State-wide effort to create awareness on water conservation and management, the district administration had organised the walk, in which the farmers of the region would be told to conserve and use water judiciously.

He also said that farmers should use the opportunity to represent their demands, if any, and have them met.

Head of the Nandavanampalayam-Veruvedampalayam water users’ association Easwaramoorthy asked for repairing the canal at Nandavanampalayam, the banks of which were lined with mud.

He also demanded a pipeline along the canal, saying that only then would the water reach the tail-end areas, and farmers there would be able to take up cultivation.

Mr. Easwaramoorthy also petitioned the officials to take up maintenance of concrete-lined canal, which was constructed under the Parambikulam-Aliyar development scheme by the Agriculture Engineering Department. His next request was to de-silt farm ponds and other ponds under the Tamil Nadu Government’s ‘Neer-vala, Nila-vala Mempattu Thittam.’

The farmers’ president, drawing officials’ attention to drip irrigation subsidy, said farmers would benefit if it were to be enhanced from the current 33 to 50 per cent.

He also urged officials to instruct Primary Agriculture Cooperative Banks and nationalised banks to lend for drip irrigation projects.

Water supply

Regarding water supply, he wanted the officials to increase the frequency, as the present set up of water once in 22 days was not meeting farmers’ needs.

PWD officials informed the farmers that the Government had sanctioned Rs. 6 crores for improving irrigation canals in the region, from which funds would be diverted for developing the Nandavanampalayam canal. The work would include concrete lining the remaining 200 metres.

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