So add some releif farmers in Dindigul, Krishnagiri and Tirunelveli will get benefit from the Prime Minister’s Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
The Central government has chosen the districts to implement this programme to take water to the last field in the areas.Already, the Departments of Agriculture, Public Works Department and Rural Development are working to prepare a District Irrigation Programme (DIP).
Sources in the Agriculture Department said the DIP is being prepared by collating data from various projects being implemented by the departments. The DIP is likely to be ready by mid-October after which the State government will submit proposals to the Centre.
Of the three districts, only Tirunelveli has paddy cultivating regions. Farmers are into pulses, maize and black gram. Many farmers in Krishnagiri district produce vegetables or were into floriculture. Similarly, farmers in Dindigul produced vegetables and have taken up protected agriculture.
R. Rajappa, a farmer in Soolagiri block of Krishnagiri, said canals in their area were damaged and needed repairs. “Due to seepage, tail-end farmers do not get enough water and since the rains are not yet here the wells too do not have enough water. Repairs to the old canals would help increase vegetable production,” he said.
“By optimally using existing water sources and creating new sources, the idea is to bring more farm lands under irrigation. In dry areas, farm ponds and check dams will be created and old ponds will be revived. In areas that get water from wells, micro irrigation systems will be strengthened,” an agriculture officer said.
Under the PMSKY, existing schemes of water management have been brought under one head to efficiently use water. “Ultimately, other districts in the State will be brought under the scheme and a State Irrigation plan will be prepared. This is a long-term programme,” explained the official.
Recently, under the command area development programme, which has been brought under the umbrella of the PMSKY, the State has submitted a proposal for Rs. 21 crore for lining of canals to prevent evaporation and seepage losses and also taking water through pipelines for these districts.
V. Parasuraman, a farmer from Ponn Vilaindha Kalathur in Chengalpet, said many farmers in his area were finding it difficult to source water for irrigation.