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‘Release Kuruvai package amid low water levels in Mettur’ – News Today

PMK founder S Ramadoss has urged the Tamil Nadu government to implement a kuruvai package to support farmers in Cauvery irrigated districts, citing low water levels in the Mettur dam. With the dam’s water level at 12 meters and storage at 13 TMC, Ramadoss pointed out that it is unlikely that water can be released for kuruvai cultivation this year. Suggesting groundwater cultivation as an alternative, he called for immediate announcement of a Kuruvai package, including supply of three-phase electricity for agriculture.

In a statement, Ramadoss noted that the expert committee recommended opening the dam on August 15 due to the late arrival of monsoon in Kerala and Karnataka. He stressed the need for cultivation in early August to ensure crop harvest before the northeast monsoon. Ramadoss believes that it is essential that farmers can utilize groundwater through a kuruvai package to alleviate the current water crisis and support agricultural activities.

Ramadoss’ call to action underlines the urgent need for government intervention to help farmers facing water scarcity and ensure agricultural productivity in the region.