Farmers want check dam across River Cauvery

By TheHindu on 02 Oct 2017 | read

A plea to construct a check dam across River Cauvery near Mohanur was made by the farmers at the farmers’ grievances redress meeting held here recently.

Vaiyapuri, a progressive farmer of Paramathivelur, raised this issue at the meeting and said that this would enable in diverting the water of River Cauvery directly into Mohanur canal.

K. Palanisamy, District Revenue Officer, who presided over the meeting said that a proposal in this regard has already been submitted to the government for its favourable consideration.

The PWD authorities would once again draw the attention of the government for this proposal, he said.

Mr. Vaiyapuri complained that due to the illegal tapping of water using motors, the water released in Raja canal took as many as seven days to reach tail-end areas situated 20 kms away. The district administration should take stringent action against those indulging in illegal tapping of water.

The Mohanur canal has not received water released in Raja canal so far. The authorities should ensure release of water in Mohanur canal, he added.

The sago farmers urged the district administration to take steps for convening a tripartite meeting to discuss steps for checking adulteration in sago manufacturing unit.

The officials of the Food Safety Department said that the District Collector had already formed a seven-member committee comprising members from different government departments to check adulteration. The committee members had already conducted surprise checks in 48 sago units in the district and two units have been booked for adopting illegal practices.

Boobalan, a progressive farmer, said that ponni paddy seeds were not available in the agricultural extension centres of the agriculture department.

The officials clarified that all extension centres have adequate stock of paddy seeds provided by the government. They assured to take up the matter of non-availability of ponni seeds to the notice of the higher authorities.

Farmer Kuppudurai complained that a large number of coconut trees that stood in the farms situated on the banks of River Cauvery have withered in the recent past due to recurring drought. He pleaded for a compensation of Rs. 5,000 per tree to the affected farmers.

A group of dairy farmers complained that Aavin has not paid dues to them for more than a month. A senior official of the Aavin clarified that Aavin had cleared the dues of the farmers till August 31. He assured to clear all the dues by the end of this month.

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