Farmers question selection of dams for water supply in Tuticorin

Grievance day conducted; Collector rules out favouritism in water supply

Tuticorin: Farmers from various parts of the district, who gathered at a grievance redressal day meeting at Collectorate here on Thursday, raised apprehensions over the supply of water for agriculture .

Tamirabharani water is being channelised to 16, 510 acres of farm lands for irrigation through 15 dams in Srivaikuntam, Alwarthirunagari and Tiruchendur blocks. They alleged that water was being supplied to the blocks in a biased manner.

The farmers questioned the selection of 15 dams among 53 for the supply of water. Presiding over the programme, Collector G. Prakash ruled out any favouritism. Meanwhile, a proposal for compensation for damaged banana crop in the recent storm was sent to the government.

Lauding the efforts of the farmers, Mr. Prakash presented cash prizes in honour of their achievements made at a district level crop yield competition. Seetha Lakshmi, wife of Kannan, Akka Nayakkanpatti received a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 for getting a yield of 7, 835 kilograms of maize per hectare.

Jayapandi, son of Pattani Nadar from Kattunayakanpatti of Ottapidaram taluk, who received a sum of Rs. 5,000, got 6,985 kilograms of maize per hectare. As far as the yield of ragi was concerned, Mr. Prakash handed over a prize of Rs. 10,000 to A. Murugesan of Govindanpatti, Kayathar block, who raised 4,615 kilograms per hectare.

Mandhirathai, wife of Ramakrishnan, Kaapulingampatti, Kayathar, received Rs. 5,000 for the yield of 3,715 kilograms of ragi per hectare. Deputy Director of Agriculture, T. Ranjith Singh Dhanraj, Central Government schemes, Amuthan, Executive Engineer, Agriculture Engineering, A. Dhanasingh David, PA to Collector (Agriculture), officials from the Department of Horticulture and others were present.

From THE HINDU

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