Water release for western delta canals today
Water would be released to Godavari western delta canals on Thursday morning to enable farmers to take up paddy nurseries in the district. District collector K Bhaskar disclosed this while holding a review with officials on the progress in priority sector at the collectorate here on Wednesday.
Eluru: Water would be released to Godavari western delta canals on Thursday morning to enable farmers to take up paddy nurseries in the district. District collector K Bhaskar disclosed this while holding a review with officials on the progress in priority sector at the collectorate here on Wednesday.
The collector said that about 3,900 cusecs of Godavari water would be released to the canals in the first phase. Stating that it would reach the tail-end areas within two days, he directed the water resources engineers to monitor the water flow. In the second phase, the water release would be increased to 4,500 cusecs which would help raising nurseries.
- Collector says 3,900 cusecs of water will be released in first phase
- It will be increased to 4,500 cusecs in second phase
He also instructed the agriculture officials to see that the farmers complete nurseries by June 10. He said that the kharif crop had to be cultivated in 2 lakh hectares during the season and about 8,000 hectares would be used for nurseries. He said of it, nurseries in 80 per cent i.e., 5,500 hectares, have to be planted and directed officials to create awareness among farmers on it.
The collector directed the horticulture department officials to speed up the steps to be taken to grow cocoa as inter-crop in coconut gardens. He said that plantations of cocoa should be distributed among the coconut farmers and added that no coconut garden should be left without cocoa as inter-crop within two years. He directed select farmers to take up nature cultivation in 5,120 acres and training would be imparted to them on the nature cultivation.
He directed the dairy officials to take steps to increase the procurement of 5,000 litres of milk per week, as two lakh litres capacity dairy plants were to be set up in the district. Additional joint collector MH Sheriff, trainee collector T S Chetan, chief planning officer Balakrishna, fisheries joint director S Anjali, deputy director Phani Prakash and others were present.