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Early opening of Mettur dam welcomed by Tamil Nadu banana cultivators

Tamil Nadu banana growers welcome the early release of water from Mettur dam for irrigation in the delta districts. Banana is generally raised on about 5,900 hectares in the district. Cultivation of the 10-month crop is initiated during April-May and the planting has almost been completed. Tapping the groundwater used to be the only way out for the farmers to irrigate the banana fields, until the opening of the dam.

According to a rough estimate, it costs ₹10,000 (€120) to buy water to irrigate one acre of banana crop in a season. The expenditure is about 10% of the total cost of growing bananas in a season.

The early opening of the dam has apparently changed the dynamics in favor of the banana cultivators as they will not have to depend on the pump sets to irrigate their fields this time around, unless the north-east monsoon becomes a failure. They are all set to irrigate the crop with the Cauvery water routed through canals.

Source: thehindu.com

 

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