With the storage level in Mettur dam unfavourable for the release of water for kuruvai irrigation, the package is meant to help the delta farmers who will have to tap the sub surface water with the help of motor pump sets to raise their crop.
“As was done in the past four years, three-phase power for 12 hours a day will be provided for farming in the delta districts,” Jayalalithaa said in a release.
Ryots in the six delta districts will be encouraged to take up paddy cultivation on time and to use the low water System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to increase the yield of paddy.
“Delta farmers will also be encouraged to use paddy planter machines to transplant seedlings in the field,” Jayalalithaa said and pointed out that 100 pc subsidy at the rate of Rs 4000 per acre will be credited directly to the bank accounts of the farmers
It may be noted that Rs 40 crore of the total Rs 54.65 crore package will be allotted for this.
Moreover, pc subsidy for application of micro nutrients in 50,000 acres and zinc sulphate to 100,000 acre will also be provided to enhance fertility. The subsidy per acre will be Rs 170 for micro nutrients and Rs 400 for zinc sulphate and the government will allot Rs 4.85 crore for this purpose.
Apart from this, 100 pc subsidy for HDPE pipes for irrigation purposes will be given for which Rs 2 crore will be earmarked.
Jayalalithaa also announced that Mettur dam will not be opened on June 12 for kuruvai irrigation due to insufficient storage level. “Usually, water will be released if the water level stands at 90 feet against the total capacity of 120 feet. The storage level now stands at 45.82 feet and even if Karnataka releases 10 TMC of water during June as per the Cauvery Water Tribunal’s final award, the storage level would be only around 61 feet,” she explained.