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Rain lashes Kanyakumari villages

Staff Reporter

Seawater enters some coastal hamlets; precautions taken

— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Unrelenting: Huge waves slam the Kanyakumari coast on Friday.

NAGERCOIL: Heavy rain, accompanied by thunder and lighting, lashed various parts of Kanyakumari district on Friday, even as the sea was rough and seawater entered some villages near Thengapattinam and Mulluthurai.

The sky remained overcast throughout the day. Precautionary steps were already taken to ensure the safety of the residents of the coastal villages; and hence, they need not panic, said Collector Sunil Paliwal.

Meanwhile, agriculture operations are going on in full swing in the district. Farmers have raised nursery on 120 hectares for the second season (rabi).

The Agriculture Department has fixed a target of 14,000 hectares in the coming Kannipoov season, following adequate storage in the Pechipparai, Perunchani, Chittar I and Chittar II dams.

Farmers have started raising nurseries in the Thovalai, Agastheeswaram, Kalkulam and Vilavancode taluks, with the water available in tanks and ponds, thanks to the heavy rain in March and April.

The Public Works Department used to release water for irrigation from the dams from June 1 every year. However, water was released from the Pechipparai dam on June 12 last year, because of lack of water in the dams.

But the PWD is likely to release water from the dam in the first or second week of June this year. Speaking to , Joint Director for Agriculture (in charge) Jeya Prakash said farmers used to raise nursery only after water release. But this current Rabi season, they have gone ahead with the operation, covering 120 hectares, with ASD 16 paddy variety, making use of the water in irrigation tanks and ponds. Some farmers have opted for ADD 37, Aduthurai43 and 45, MDO 5 varieties, suitable to the tail-end areas.

Direct sowing

Farmers in Suchindrum are raising paddy through direct sowing, as a pilot project, on 40 hectares. It is likely that farmers in different parts would raise nurseries on 600 hectares for being transplanted on 6,000 hectares by this month-end.

All agriculture extension centres have had adequate stock of certified seeds. The department has planned to distribute 65 tonnes of seeds.

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