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Water shortage: Cumbum valley farmers to keep off agriculture

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Poor storage at the Periyar dam and failure of southwest monsoon have forced farmers in the Cumbum Valley to desist from taking up agricultural activites, sources here say.

Farmers' associations in the valley have taken the decision after being explained about the precarious storage position in the dam by the engineers of the Public Works Department in a special meeting held at Uthamapalayam, near here, on Monday.

It is said that they will not cultivate till the resumption of monsoon, following the firm expression of inability by the officials to supply water for raising fresh seedlings and transplantation while assuring the supply of water to standing crops.

As a result, those who had completed transplantation in certain pockets of Cumbum and Goodalur will not get water.Those who have raised seedlings in Margayankottai, Goodalur and Cumbim alone will get river water, but are notto take up transplantation till improvement in storage.

Farmers who did not raise seedling so far in Uthamapalayam, Chinnamanur, Veerapandi, Upparpatti and Palanichettipatti will not raise seedlings. Food production on around 14,700 acres in the Cumbum Valley has been affected.

(This article was published on July 10, 2012)
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