As beneficiaries have already been identified, the work for the creation of water sources has begun, officials from the horticulture department said. At a time when the entire state is struggling to get water to irrigate crops, this would minimise the water requirement considerably, they added.
According to joint director of horticulture department in Trichy R Krishnamoorthy, building water sources with 12 lakh litres of water each has begun in Marungapuri, Vaiyampatti, Manapparai, Thuraiyur, Uppiliyapuram, Mannachanallur, Thottiam and Musiri.
“Water would be harvested through rain and farmers are advised to irrigate their farms judiciously using trip or sprinklers to minimise water spending,” he added. Meanwhile, the department has also helped farmers to carry out vegetable cultivation in 7,114 hectares, fruits in 7,923 hectares, spices in 124 hectares and flowers in 635 hectares in the district. Under national horticulture mission, the government has allotted Rs 2.60 crore for the year 2017-18. The work for planting fruits trees, flowers and spices are in progress.
Moreover, permission has been accorded to farmers to establish storage for onions with a capacity of storing 25 tonnes. A subsidy of Rs 87,500 has been allotted for the same. It has been decided to establish a total of 60 units of onion storage facility in Lalgudi, Mannachanallur, Thuraiyur, Uppiliapuram, T Pettai and Thottiam, officials said. Farmers can store onions to a maximum of three to four months, they added.