GOOD INITIATIVE: A desilted water tank has helped nearly 33 farmers in surrounding areas harvest onion crops.
GOOD INITIATIVE: A desilted water tank has helped nearly 33 farmers in surrounding areas harvest onion crops.

 

FROM THE HINDU DATED: SEPTEMBER 4 2014 BY MJ PRABU

The programme has been extended to cover two more villages

Villupuram is one of the most backward districts in Tamil Nadu. Major crops cultivated there are paddy, onion, pulses, millets, sugarcane, casuarina and groundnut, using water from tanks and open wells.

The open wells belong to small and marginal farmers and have been abandoned for a long time due to heavy siltation and damaged walls resulting in poor storage and ground water recharge. The district receives the least amount of rainfall during the north east monsoon season.

Most of the farmers who did not have access to water moved to growing eucalyptus and casuarina. Those who continued with their cultivation could grow only a single crop in a year.

Labour drain

“What was more disturbing and challenging was that women started working as daily farm labour instead of farming in their own fields and men started moving towards cities for non-farm jobs.

“These people were ready to work in their fields provided there was water in the wells or tanks. They –Read more

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