Chennai sources have made a statement that Chief Minister K Palaniswami said that the Tamilnadu government on Monday announced a 56 crore package for farmers in Cauvery delta districts in the state to take up ‘kuruvai’ (short-term) paddy and pulses plantation and this included supply of 12 hours of three phase power.
Meanwhile when considering the low water storage level at the Mettur Dam, he said it was not possible to open the sluice gates for irrigating kuruvai crops this year. Edappadi said in a statement that water is been released from the dam when the storage level is at 90 feet as against its full capacity of 120 feet.
Further he said Karnataka “had not released” Tamilnadu’s due share of
Cauvery water last year, affecting the prospects of both Samba and kuruvai
crops then. Because of this, the water level at Mettur dam also stood at just
23.68 feet, Mr. Palaniswami said and also referred to the unprecedented drought
being faced in Tamilnadu and recalled the various mitigation measures rolled
out by the state.
Mr. Palaniswami said he had reviewed the situation with Agriculture Minister R Doraikannu and senior officials following which it was decided to provide a Rs 56.92 crore ’kuruvai package’ to enable farmers take up short term crops.