Paddy cultivation in nearly 2 lakh acres is likely to be affected as farmers opting for rainfed paddy in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvallur and Krishnagiri districts are yet to raise nurseries due to lack of water in irrigation tanks.
Talking to DT Next, he said, “Tanks have significant quantum of storage, but it is not enough to raise paddy nursery. We feel there is a shortfall of around 40 per cent of rainfall. Hence, farmers do not want to take risk by spending money for cultivation, which may ultimately turn out to be wasteful.”
Owing to shortage of rain there is not much flow in major rivers, including Palar, Thenpennai, Ponnai and Mannar, in the four districts. “The northern and eastern parts of Krishnagiri district are the most affected,” he added.
While Vellore district received 136.70 mm rain in the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Monday, Tiruvannamalai district received 832.40 mm rain averaging 69.37 mm during the same period. Despite this, the Vellore district’s biggest lake the Kaveripakkam irrigation tank has only puddles of water left, while the Lalapet irrigation tank in Walajapet taluk has gone dry.
On the release of water from the Cauvery and its tributaries, the farmers opined that the delta districts alone benefited from the release whereas in the four districts the situation was just the opposite.
Meanwhile, sources in the agriculture department said that they have sufficient stock of seeds, fertilizer and related agricultural input to meet the demand during cultivation.