Threat to standing sugarcane, banana crops in Karur district

No rain and not opening of South Bank Canal cited

Farmers in the Kulithalai and Krishnarayapuram region might be affected

Ryots are apprehensive that opening of canal might get delayed

KARUR: Standing sugarcane and banana crop in thousands of acres across the Kulithalai and Krishnarayapuram regions of Karur district might get affected if there is no rain in the days to come and also if the South Bank Canal, that has remained shut for maintenance work, is not opened for irrigation in the near future.

Farmers in the Kulithalai and Krishnarayapuram region who have raised sugarcane and banana crops in their fields are apprehensive of saving their crop, leave alone having a good yield this harvest season. That is because they are forced to contend with twin problems — nature and man-made developments.

There is no rain in the desired and required pattern and quantum over the past few weeks.

The monsoon is playing truant and there has been some sporadic showers but that is not enough for the parched farm lands in the region.

Also, there has not been appreciable inflow into Mettur Dam, forcing the authorities to postpone its opening for the delta irrigation due to inadequate storage.

Though Karur farmers are not directly benefited by the opening of the dam, the flow in the river means the wells in the region get recharged and more groundwater will be available for the fields and crops, according to the Farmers Discussion Group convener Kulithalai A.V. Gopaladesikan.

Also the main feeder channel for the region — the South Bank Canal — has remained shut since May 1 following the regular closure period for maintenance work and also to facilitate the construction of drop shutters at Marudur. It is an essential and long-awaited work but could consume the best of July and is forcing the Public Works Department officials to prolong the closure period of the canal. They are simply utilising the duration when the Mettur Dam remained shut for want of water to undertake repair and construction works in South Bank Canal.

The officials have promised to end closure period on July 20 but farmers are apprehensive that it might get delayed.

Mr. Gopaladesikan observes that in case of any delay in onset of monsoon and occurrence of rainfall, then sugarcane crop roots that have grip on super surface would be affected badly, affecting yield and weight. In young crops, withering might take place, while in the aged crops there could be loss of weight, he points out.

Banana crop

Likewise in the standing banana crop germination of bunches will be hit hard and get choked resulting in direct loss to growers. When cane and banana are fetching a reasonably good price, any factor affecting productivity and yield could be detrimental to the farmers who could only pray to nature and hope the officials complete the construction activity in time and reopen South Bank Canal.


Eco-Tourism – Nerur near Karur, Tamilnadu

Shiva statue beneath the tree

Nerur is a small beautiful village with lots of vegetation, thanks to the River Cauvery. In the midst of this smoothening, rich cultivation, is a small building. It’s not a temple. It’s a burial place. It is the Samadhi of Saint Sadashiva Brahmendra.

Sadashiva Brahmendra lived around 350 years ago. He was a composer of several Bhajans and Carnatic Songs. He was a saint and is believed to have done several miracles. The Samadhi on the whole was built and maintained by Vijaya Ragunatha Thondaiman of Pudukkottai Samasthanam.

Every year, in the Tamizh month of Vaikasi (Mid May to Mid June), an 8 day festival occurs here starting from Panchami (The 5th day after New Moon day). This little Shiva statue beneath a tree there, attracted me so much.

Unfortunately the temple was closed. It’s an ancient temple for sure. Must be atleast 8-10 Centuries old.Mukkudal merely means the conjuction of 3. Here the 3 are the 3 rivers. One being Cauvery, Second being Amaravathi. The 3rd one is the doubtful part. Some say its Manimutharu and some say its Noyyal.

Here within the river were several sculptures in submerged state. These were mainly hero stones which are little human sculptures which are sculpted in the memory of the soldiers who die in the wars. That is a coracle – A circular boat lying upside down on a river side! And that’s me on top of it!!!


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.


Keep Karur clean and green: Collector

KARUR: Take efforts to keep the town clean and green. Enthusiastic public participation is a must in keeping the surroundings tidy, Collector J. Uma Maheswari said here recently.

Speaking after launching the efforts to keep the bus stand premises clean and tidy, the Collector who wielded the broom on the occasion to drive home the point that charity begins at home, said that hygienic environment lessened risk of communicable and contagious diseases besides ensuring that the areas remained pleasing to the senses. In venturing to keep the public areas clean, she said that for the first time in the district women self-help groups had been roped in to keep the Muthukumarasamy Bus Stand clean. The Credit Thrift Society SHG has come forward to keep the bus stand area clean and for their efforts the 11 members of the SHG would be sanctioned a sum of Rs. 101 per working day, she added. The members’ kin would involve themselves in the task and the work time would be dawn to dusk.

District Revenue Officer C. Munirathinam, Karur Municipal Chairperson P. Sivakamasundari, and Commissioner Umapathy were present.


Karur: Farmers and activists oppose new dyeing units

Say it would further vitiate the fragile ecology in the region

KARUR: Farmers in the district, affected by pollution along with social activists and environmentalists have opposed a plan to establish a new dyeing and bleaching unit at Melapalayam in Karur district.

Various farmers’ forums, Forum for Protection of Water Resources, People’s Livelihood Right Movement and social activists have voiced their opposition to establish a dyeing and bleaching unit alleging that the move would further vitiate the fragile ecology in the region.

Already, sustained industrial pollution has taken a toll of the district’s water sources and environment.

The Amaravathy and the Noyyal have been polluted beyond redemption and have been verily turned into a pollution garbage dump.

Several thousands of acres of fertile fields on which food crops and cash crops were raised and irrigated by these rivers have been rendered fallow.

Year after year crops, cattle and human beings have been affected by industrial pollution.

That being the case, the move by some businesspersons to establish dyeing and bleaching units at Melapalayam Panchayat on the Sanapiratti- Puliyur Road militates against public efforts to stop and reverse pollution affecting water sources.

The organisations have also petitioned the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board against sanctioning clearance for the dyeing unit proposals. However, the TNPCB officials claim that any future dyeing, bleaching unit should install reverse osmosis plant for treating effluents and also comply with the directives and technical advice based on the decision of the High Court that could be disposing of the bunch of cases relating to pollution and only then orders will be given.


Rain in Thanjavur, Karur

THANJAVUR: Heavy rain lashed Thanjavur on Wednesday. The heavy downpour which started in the afternoon continued till evening. Tiruvarur district also experienced heavy downpour on Tuesday. Rainfall recorded till eight a.m. on Wednesday: Tiruvarur 75.4 mm, Nannilam 50.4 mm, Lower Anaicut 28 mm, Kodavasal 24.4 mm, Needamangalam 21 mm, Thiruthuraipoondi 20 mm, Valangaiman 18.4 mm and Kumbakonam 17.6 mm.


Sporadic and widespread rainfall was reported in several areas of Karur district during the day and later the evening on Wednesday.


Karur: Harness excess water of Cauvery at Panjapatti lake

KARUR: Harness the excess water running down the Cauvery during times of flooding at the Panjapatti lake in Karur district so that hundreds of wells in the Krishnarayapuram taluk and surrounding areas could recharge easily, District Congress Committee has opined.

Reiterating a long pending demand of the people of the region, the committee that met here on Tuesday, pointed out that during flood or when excess water flows down the Cauvery, the water could be conveyed to the Panjapatti lake using cement concrete pipes from the river off Mayanur using the gradient force and stored in the lake spread over 840-odd acres.

The stored water could be utilised better than be allowed to run waste through proper planning, the Congress leaders stressed.

Road repair

The meeting also highlighted the need for repairing the rain-damaged Velliyanai-Jagadabi, Gandhigramam-Ramanur, Vangal-Nerur and Karur-Tiruchi roads expeditiously so that public would not be put to great hardship.

The subway construction at Kulathupalayam should be expedited, a resolution noted.

Another resolution expressed the desire of the District Congress Committee to take forward efficiently the membership enrolment drive of the party.

District Congress Committee president Bank K. Subramanian, former MLAs T.N. Sivasubramanian, V. Ramanathan, participated.