Kharif sowing to begin early in AP

Kharif sowing to begin early in AP
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Here is good news for farming community of Krishna delta. Now they can speed up their kharif paddy cultivation as Godavari waters will reach Krishna river in the next two days. Hence water can be released for Krishna delta farmers without any delay. As per plans, 14 lakh acres are proposed to be covered by ensuring water supply to irrigation needs of the farmers.

Amaravati: Here is good news for farming community of Krishna delta. Now they can speed up their kharif paddy cultivation as Godavari waters will reach Krishna river in the next two days. Hence water can be released for Krishna delta farmers without any delay. As per plans, 14 lakh acres are proposed to be covered by ensuring water supply to irrigation needs of the farmers.

Irrigation Minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao Rao, Krishna District Telugu Desam Rythu wing president Chalasani Anjaneyulu and people gathered from local villages offered pujas.

As per the plans of agriculture and irrigation department, nearly 100 TMC feet water is required for Krishna delta to cultivate 14 lakh acres in the limits of Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari and some part of Prakasam district.

The government has plans to totally use Godavari waters for Krishna delta for the current kharif season. Additionally, 10 TMC ft is expected from Munneru rivulet which flows from Khammam district based on rains.
Already Kharif season has begun in Krishna district and several parts of Guntur district.

The farmers are busy with tilling operations and getting ready for preparing seedbeds. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu gave a call three days ago to farming community to get ready for seedbeds operation. Previously the farmers who have water facility from bore wells used to start the kharif cultivation from July. But the government is ready to provide water for irrigation in advance than scheduled this year.

Moreover, the farming community who are not having bore wells can start their operations early with Godavari water.

Sakhamuri Mallikarjuna Rao, a farmer from Valluripalem of Krishna district expressed happiness over water being released early this year. Speaking to The Hans India, he said that Krishna delta farmers could avoid cyclone threat which generally damages crops at harvesting stage in November.

He said that now the farmers could avoid losses by finishing crop operations early the period. However, Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said the government would release 100 TMC feet water from Godavari. He asked the farmers to start their operations and get more yield than previous year.

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