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Karaikal aims to raise paddy in 1,250 more ha

The Department of Agriculture has set a target to raise paddy crop in 6,000 hectare in Karaikal this season, 1,250 hectares more than last year’s cultivated area. The steady release of Cauvery water to Karaikal region is the main reason for the officials to increase the cultivable area.

A. Ramamurthy, Director, Department of Agriculture, told The Hindu that though the cultivable area of paddy had reduced in Karaikal for various reasons in the recent past, it was decided to bring at least 6,000 hectares under cultivation this year as prevailing conditions were conducive.

Officials have been instructed to surpass the target, and explore the potential to expand, he said.

Puducherry is supposed to get 6.34 tmcft from the Cauvery basin as per the tribunal order.

It has hardly received its share in the recent past.

However, he hoped that it would get its share of water this year primarily due to an active monsoon. According to information reaching him, Mr. Ramamurthy said water had been released into Noolaru, Nedunkadu, Pandaravaikal, Arasalaru and others from the upper channels of the Cauvery in Tamil Nadu.

Senior officials of Public Works Department of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu had met recently to coordinate the sharing of water.

He said 40 tonnes of certified seed has had been kept in different societies and agricultural centres in Karaikal for sale.

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