Rain pleases Karur farmers

Banana crop felled by gale over the past three days

KARUR: Sky over Karur district continued to remain cloudy and dark threatening to burst any moment on Thursday even as rain continued its play in Karur district on Wednesday as K. Paramathi recorded 54 mm rainfall over 24 hours. However, the rain has come as a boon to those farmers who take up summer ploughing and raise rainfed crops.

Administration sources said that banana crop in some areas in Poyyamani, Inungur and Nangavaram areas near Kulithalai have been felled by the gale over the past three days while officials from the Revenue and Horticulture departments have been assessing the damage to the crops. Similarly banana crops at Nanjaikalikurichi have been affected.

If rain continues for a couple of more days, then farmers would be happy, especially those who are taking up summer ploughing and rainfed crops such as cow pea, red gram and cholam spread over the district. Pulses including black gram and green gram would also benefit. In irrigated areas too the crops would benefit from the sudden rainfall.

Since the samba harvest has been completed in the district there would not be any loss in paddy crop.

Betel vine crop farmers in Lalapet, Krishnarayapuram and Velayuthampalayam areas have not reported any damage to the gardens so far but if rain holds for more days and if any water logging occurs then that could spell trouble for the betel vine crops. As of now no problem existed.

The summer showers brought about by the depression would be of great help in recharging the open wells and garden wells. Equally benefited would be the farm ponds. Farmers say that rain was no problem at all but only the gale was a source of trouble.

The chief amounts of rainfall (in mm) recorded in the major centres across the district in the 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Thursday are as follows: K. Paramathi 54, Karur 36.8, Anaipalayam 24.2, Panjapatti 10.8, Aravakurichi 10, Palaviduthi 7.1, Mylampatti 6, Mayanur 4.6, Krishnarayapuram 2.4 and Kulithalai 1.2 mm.



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