The Kiran Government is hopelessly inefficient in tackling the water crisis for the Kharif season.
Nizamanbad, the rice bowl of Telangana, has gradually proved to be apocryphal with reservoirs drying up and paddy not cultivated even in 10 percent of its total sowing area although two months have passed since the kharif season began.
Under the Nizam Sagar Project, which has been Telangana’s lifeline all these years, though the transplantation was done in 60,000 acres as against its total ayacut of 2.75 lakh acres, the crop position is expected to be grim if rainfall is scant in the coming days. Water in the reservoir has already dropped to dead storage level with just 2.377 tmc remaining as against the total capacity of 17.0 tmc.
Frequent power cuts are a curse to farmers who have resorted to growing paddy under pump sets. In contrast, all reservoirs in the district were full to the brim by this month last year. The water level in Sri Ram Sagar Project, the major irrigation project across the river Godavari, is also disappointing the farmers as just 1400 cusecs of water has reached the reservoir.Except in Adilabad, paddy transplantation activity has been poor in its ayacut spread over five Telangana districts.Paddy sowing poor.
According to official sources, paddy could not be sown even in 10 per cent of its ayacut of over 16 lakh acres. By this time, plantation was carried out in over 5 lakh acres. The position of medium irrigation projects such as Ramadugu, Pocharam and Lendi is no better. In Ramadugu, just 60 mcft water is available as against its total capacity of 636 mcft and transplantation activity came to a grinding halt.
Having lost hopes of rainfall, agriculture officials have suggested that farmers undertake ID crops and paddy transplantation with the help of drum seeders which don’t require much water.
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