04-07-2014 09:22 AM | India

Water woes force farmers to ditch crop

Erratic monsoon in catchment areas of the Mullaperiyar dam and dry reservoirs have added to farmers' woes in Madurai district, forcing them to abandon the season's short-term crop. This is likely to result in a loss of nearly 90,000 tonnes of paddy cultivated on 45,000 acres of land in the district. Madurai and a few southern districts get water from the Mullaperiyar dam for irrigation.

Madurai East, Madurai West, Vadipatti and parts of Alanganallur were considered the district's bread basket as both kuruvai (short-term) and samba (long-term) crops are cultivated in the region.
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