Water released from KRP dam for first crop

For rich yield:Water gushing out from the main canal of KRP dam after it was released on Thursday. — Photo: N. Bashkaran

KRISHNAGIRI: Water from the Krishnagiri Reservoir Project (KRP) dam was released for the first crop from the right and left main canals on Thursday by Collector (in charge) P. Prabhakar in the presence of E.G. Sugavanam, MP, and MLAs T. Senguttuvan and T.A. Meganathan. A total of 9,012 acres of agricultural land in 16 villages will benefit for the next 150 days from July 1 to November 27.

A total of 4,287 acres in the ayacut of right main canal and the small lakes on the way and 4,725 acres in the ayacut of left main canal and the small lakes on its way will be irrigated.

Periyamuthur, Sundekuppam, Thimmapuram, Soutaalli, Thalialli, Kalvealli, Kundalapatti, Mittaalli, Erraalli, Penneswaramadam, Kaveripattinam, Balekuli, Marichettihalli, Nagojanaalli, Janapparuralli and Paiyur will benefit from the dam water. “The time frame for water release will not be extended. Hence, farmers should use water judiciously,” Mr. Prabhakar said.

The water level in the dam was 48.50 ft as against its full height of 52 ft. S. Senguttuvan, Executive Engineer, R. Gouthaman, Assistant Executive Engineer and presidents of Water Users Associations participated.

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Water released from Barur tank

KRISHNAGIRI: Water was released from the main irrigation canal of Barur tank in Pocchampalli taluk on Wednesday for the first crop.

Collector V. Arun Roy released the water by opening the sluice gates of the east and west main canals in the presence of E.G. Sugavanam, MP, . Water would be released till November 26 benefiting 2512.39 acres.

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Demonstration on canopy management in old mango trees

Experts demonstrating canopy management at the Thimmapuram Nursery maintained by the Horticulture Department.

KRISHNAGIRI: A demonstration on canopy management in old mango trees was held in Thimmapuram near Kaveripattiman here.

The programme was organised by the Horticulture Department for its officers from the ranks of Joint Directors, Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors from all the districts. Israel-based agriculture scientists, experts in mango cultivation, gave an on-field demonstration to the officials at the Thimmapuram Government Nursery. The experts identified and pruned the unwanted and dead branches of the trees with the help of a fully automated hydraulic lift.

Experts Michael Moshe Roy and Mr. Cliff Love said the optimum height of the mango trees should be between 4 and 4.5 metres, as it eased the field operations and harvest. The trees should be cut up to 4-metre height and 3-metre radius and it should be left as it is for one year. Next year, 50 per cent of the trees should be cut and the rest during the second year to a height of 1.5 metre and 1.5 metre width.

The National Horticulture Board had imported the lift ‘‘AFRON SA-650 ” worth about Rs. 12 lakh from Israel to use it for demonstration across the country.

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Mango exhibition from today

KRISHNAGIRI: Collector V. Arun Roy has instructed the officials to construct ramp and western toilets for the differently-abled persons visiting the 18th All India Mango Exhibition to be inaugurated on Friday.

Inspecting the preparatory works at the Government Boys Higher School ground here on Wednesday, he told reporters that 30 government stalls, a stall for SHGs, a stall by women SHGs undertaking agriculture, private stalls and enhanced entertainment facilities would be provided for the public.

Special buses would be operated for the exhibition and protected drinking water would be kept ready for the visitors.

Cultural programmes by leading artistes and school children had been arranged.

P. Prabhakar, District Revenue Officer, K. Rajan, Deputy Director, Agriculture, N. Nachiappan, Personal Assistant to Collector (Agriculture), T. Manoharan, Public Relations Officer and officers from Horticulture Department accompanied the Collector.

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Farmers to get modern equipment for subsidy

To overcome shortage in farm labourers

help in hand:Nandakishore, Commissioner for Agriculture Produce, distributing agriculture equipment to a member of women SHG in Krishnagiri on Tuesday. – Photo: N. Bashkaran

KRISHNAGIRI: Modern agriculture equipment worth Rs. 60 crore will be given to farmers this year on 100 per cent subsidy, said Nandakishore, Commissioner for Agriculture Produce, here on Tuesday.

Distributing five cono weeders to SHGs undertaking agriculture and one marker equipment, Mr. Nandakishore said, SHGs would be given planting equipment, reeder and nursery equipment as well on h100 per cent subsidy from this year.

Keeping in mind the difficulties expressed by agriculturists regarding shortage of labourers, the government has proposed to give modern agriculture equipment to the women SHGs in the agriculture sector.

Instructions were given to the district administration to send a list of beneficiaries. The equipment would be given to all farmers irrespective of their land holdings.

Mr. Nandakishore said that during the last financial year 71 lakh tonnes of rice was produced in Krishnagiri district.

During the current year a target of 112 lakh tonnes of food grains, including 81.50 lakh tonnes of rice, has been fixed. To achieve the target the agriculture department was providing necessary help to farmers in the district, he said.

C. Kosalaraman, Commissioner, Agriculture Department, said the System of Rice Intensification was first introduced in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts in the state.

To reduce the rise in dal prices, steps have been taken to form a committee at the national level and at the state level under the chairmanship of Chief Secretaries.

The committee will undertake various measures to control the prices of dal, pulses and other food crops.

The SRI has helped increase the acreage to 3 lakh hectares in the state.

V.K. Shanmugam, Collector, said the weather is favourable to the cultivation of mango. Mango varieties such as Bangaloora, Alphonsa etc were being cultivated in about 40,000 hectares in the district.

About 3 lakh tonnes of mangoes are produced in the district. Of this 80 per cent was being used in the 45 pulp industries in and around the district.

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Rain with strong wind uproots trees

KRISHNAGIRI: Heavy rain with strong wind uprooted trees and advertisement banners and hoardings were torn on Wednesday morning.

An old tamarind tree was uprooted on Tirupattur road, near Bargur, and damaged the compound wall of a school. Due to it, traffic on the route was affected for more than hour. As a precautionary measure, power was shutdown in many parts of the town on Wednesday night.

Power supply was affected in and around the Government General Hospital due to sudden failure of the transformer in the Papparapatti area in Krishnagiri town till Thursday evening.

Though the temperature during day time was at its peak, the cool breeze and the rain brought respite in the evening. Residents spent a sleepless night due to power failure. Denkanikottai registered the highest rainfall of 25 mm on Wednesday night.

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Child marriages continue in Kodakarai

KODAKARAI (KRISHNAGIRI): Awareness programmes and action against the perpetrators have not been able to put an end to child marriage in Kodakarai, a village situated on a hill in Denkanikottai taluk.

“Girl students are prevented from going to school on attaining puberty and marriage is conducted. This is our tradition,” says Rudrappa, village elder.

“We couldn’t give education to girls due to various factors. Girl students can study up to Std. V in Panchayat Union primary school in Kodakarai. To continue their study, they have to walk 9 km to catch a bus to either Denkanikottai or Pettamukilalam,” he says.

Due to lack of proper road, there is no transport facility to the village. “We have urged the government to upgrade the present school to at least middle school so that the girl students can study up to Std VIII,” he says.

Recently, three child marriages were stopped by Collector V.K. Shanmugam. However, his efforts proved futile as the villagers solemnized the weddings at a later date secretly.

As per a recent survey, there are 372 children in the age group of six to 14 in the village. Of this, 285 were admitted in the school. After some time, 24 children dropped out.

To encourage parents send children to school, two residential schools were started under the Sarva Siksha Abiyan in the village. Of this, one functioning in the Irular Colony has 50 students. Nirmala, a Plus Two student from the Irular community, is in charge of the school.

The other school run by Siddaraman is facing problems.

It is alleged that the funds for the school have not been allotted for the past three months.

Records reveal that one child out of three families of Backward Class communities is studying in the schools whereas among Irulars, it is two children from two families. It shows that awareness about education is better among the Irulars than BC communities in the village.

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