Farmer concerns at appropriate forum

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Karur, Oct 14: The Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association General Secretary Mannargudi S Ranganathan has assured that the concerns of farmers of the Cauvery, Amaravathi, Noyyal and Bhavani rivers in Karur, Erode, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapalli districts would be taken up at the appropriate forum for suitable remedy.

Addressing a meeting of farmer leaders of the districts at Thottakkurichi village near here yesterday, he said the farmers demand for irrigation needs of perennial crops and sugarcane, betel vine, turmeric and banana raised in the region between the Mettur Reservoir and the Upper Anaicut be also taken up for redressal.

Mr Ranganathan said only unity will help us in our quest for a just solution and called upon the farmers to work unitedly to achieve their goals in the vexed Cauvery water dispute.

Referring to the activities of the ''Cauvery family'', an Institution, which was working for the welfare of all stake-holders, Mr Ranganathan said the active participation of the regional farmers in the Cauvery family deliberations would further assist everybody.

He said the Cauvery talks between the disputed States had so far spread immense confidence among the farmers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the fruits of which should be harvested and savoured by farmers of all regions.

He said the Sugar Mills in the region should extend their support to the farmers of their jurisdiction to get their share of waters.

Speaking on the occasion, Cauvery Family Coordinator S Janakarajan pointed out that the main aim of the family was to resolve the primary dispute of sharing the Cauvery water among the contesting riparian states. Once it was achieved, intra-state issues of pollution, cropping pattern, water-saving methods and head and tile-end area problems could be solved.

Mr Janakarajan said only talks would pave the way for a just and lasting solution. Since, 2003, the Cauvery family had conducted as many as eleen meetings, in which, the inclusive dialogue had evolved into an acceptable forum of sharing ideas for mutual betterment.

He also said urbanisation, climate control and water-management would dominate future farming issues and called upon the farmers to prepare themselves to tackle them.

Briefing newspersons on the resolutions adopted at the meeting, Cauveri Delta Farmers Welfare Association Executive President Mahadhanapuram Rajaram said the meeting urged the Tamil Nadu Government to redesign the proposed new bridge across river Cauvery between Karur and Mohanur, as check-dam cum bridge, as it would help both the farmers of the region to fulfill the traffic needs of the area.

The meeting said the verdict of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal should be cancelled, as it would not consider the interst of the farmers in the State.

The meeting also wanted the Government to energise at least 5000 argicultural pumpsets immediately, besides ensuring continuous water- flow in the river Amaravathi throughout the year. The Government should also take immediate steps for storing the flood water of Amaravathi river.

The meeting also urged the Government to prevent the let-out of Chemical content water of Tirupur Dyeing units into the river Cauvery and the water could be utilised by making recycling arrangments.


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