Take up cultivation of crops in time

THANJAVUR: Tamil Nadu Government has taken up various irrigation projects in Thanjavur district for the benefit of farmers, said S. S. Palanimanickam, Union Minister of State for Finance, here on Monday.

Inaugurating the construction of a grade wall across the Kodamuruti river for ensuring assured supply of water to Serumakkanallur and Chakkarapalli canals where still level has become higher than the bed level of the Kodamuruty river at Ayyampettai in Papanasam taluk, the minister said that renovation of Grand Anicut canal, Vadavar extension scheme and Kollidam river schemes were examples for the importance given by Government for irrigation development in Thanjavur district.

Now the construction of a grade wall across the Kodamuruti is taken up at a cost of Rs. 4.02 crores. The fund is provided by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). When implemented, the two canals (Serumakkanallur and Chakkarapalli) will get assured water supply and nearly 1,847 acres of ayacut will benefit. Six villages (Serumakkanallur, Sarabojirajapuram, Chakkarapalli, Soolamangalam Endam Sethi, Vazhuthur and Regunathapuram) will get full benefit from the project. The minister asked the Public Works Department engineers to finish the project in time so that the farmers could get the benefit this year itself.

M.S.Shanmugham, Collector, appealed to the farmers to take up cultivation of crops in time and set a crop pattern. This would help in crop management. This year four lakh tonnes of paddy had been procured in the district. Desilting of canals had been taken up in the district at a cost of Rs. four crores during this summer and work was going on.

T. Ravikumar, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, said the bank had created Rural Infrastructure Development Fund with an allotment Rs. 12,000 crores in 1995-96 for taking up rural development projects. The fund was increased to Rs. 1,22,218 crores. For Tamil Nadu alone, a sum of Rs. 1,000 crores had been allotted for the year 2009-10. To achieve 10 per cent of economic growth in the eleventh year plan period, investment to the tune of 7 to eight per cent should be done in infrastructure development. Infrastructure development is very much necessary for economic development, Ravikumar said. Moorthy, Chief Engineer, PWD, Asokan, Executive Engineer, Cauvery division, PWD and others participated in the meeting.


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