Prime News, State, Bengaluru, August 9:- Farmers in Mandya District considered the granary of Karnataka have been sought by the Congress Government to desist from growing paddy in view of the poor monsoon so far leading to low storage in the Cauvery basin reservoirs in 46 years.
With the catchment areas of both Kabini and Cauvery rivers receiving deficit rainfall of more than 25 per cent the situation in the reservoirs appeared grim and farmers have been advised to raise dry or semi arid crops and utilise the available water effectively.
Talking to newsmen here after a meeting with legislators and Members of Parliament from Mandya District Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said bowing to pressure of agitating farmers the government would release water in the irrigational canals from tomorrow for agriculture purpose.
During Khariff the acrage under paddy in the district would be 268,000 acres for paddy, 40,000 acres for sugar cane and 500,000 acres for semi arid or dry crops.
The water requirement for these crops was around 95 tmc ft.
CM Siddaramaiah said that it was proposed to take up cloud seeding next week in the catchment areas.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)