Drought hits cotton crop

TALE OF WOE: A cotton farmer of Chikathambur near Thuraiyur checking the crop which has been hit by lack of rain.— PHOTO: M. SRINATH  

Scarcity of water for irrigation has hit the cotton growers in Uppilliyapurm and Thuraiyur blocks in the district this season, with the plants withering away in the scorching sun.

A number of farmers in these two blocks complain that poor realisation of rain had brought down the formation of bolls and consequent yield this season.

T. Jayabal of Chikathambur near Thuraiyur says he had invested about Rs. 13,000 to raise cotton crop on one acre. The village, blessed with black soil, was suited for raising the crop, but the crop failed because of failure of monsoon.

According to Agriculture Department officials, about 2,000 acres had been brought under the crop, 1,000 acres each in Thuraiyur and Uppliyapuram blocks.

The crop was mainly grown in Pachaperumalpatti, Aangiyam, Koppampatti, Shobanapuram, Uppliyapuram, Okkarai, and E. Badharapatti (all in Uppliyapuram block) and T. Ranganathapuram, Maravathur, Chellipalayam, Chikathambur, Irunattham, Perumpalayam, and Urugoor in Thuraiyur block. The average yield per acre ranged between 600 and 700 kg every season but this year it was nearly 100 kg.

Farmers anticipated some showers in January this year for saving the crop but were disappointed, say the sources.

2,000 acres of land brought under cotton cultivation in the two blocks

Distress is blamed on lack of adequate rain in January