Samba Sowing begins in Cauvery Delta

Samba cultivation begins amid reducing water inflow at Mettur

Shreenesh Raman


Its time to feed the nation

Farmers in the Thanjavur delta district have set their feet once again on the wet fields this year hoping to reap success of the upcoming Samba cultivation.

After the much celebrated release of water from the Grand Anicut on Saturday, farmers near Thanjavur town has began preparatory works for sowing paddy under direct sowing method. The Grand Anicut canal receiving around 2000 cusec will irrigate around 24,000 acre along its course through various irrigation sub channels and smaller canals.

As on Saturday water level in Mettur Stanley Reservoir stood at 83.23 feet with inflow of 8305 cusec and 15,000 cusec is being released for Samba cultivation. Meanwhile, in Grand Anicut, around 5000 cusec each is being released onto Vennar and Cauvery rivers and around 2017 cusec is released into Grand Anicut Canal and around 1002 cusec into Kollidam.

Speaking to Rajaram of Cauvery delta farmers association, he said, “The water release from Mettur has raised hope among the delta farmers in the region.” The sudden decline in flow of water from KRS and Kabini in Karnataka on Friday has increased concern among farmers in Cauvery delta region.

“The question of national integrity is raised when Karnataka has failed to comply with Supreme Court verdict and Cauvery River Authority,” said Rajaram. We have decided to please the rain god at all major place of worship irrespective of religion from October first week.

Ever since the protest in Karnataka began, people have lamented lack of integrity among Cauvery delta farmers. The Cauvery delta farmers association has decided to hold an all farmers association meeting to pass a resolution to extend unconditional support to the Tamilnadu Chief Minister.

Agriculture department officials has assured to support the farmers in the region to attain better harvest by implementing SRI and community nursery schemes across the delta districts. Around 1.5 lakh hectares across Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam will be under cultivation for samba crop season, said Mohammed Yahiya Joint Director Agriculture, Thanjavur District. 

Source: The New Indian Express


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