NELLORE: Irrigation officials have been gearing up to distribute water for the crops being raised under the Nagarjunasagar right canal in Prakasam district from August 15.
District collector A.S. Dinesh Kumar revealed this while addressing the media at Ongole on Thursday. According to the collector, there are 2,54,392 acres of registered ayacut in 14 mandals located under 5 constituencies, which include 1,03,567 acres of wetland and 1,50,825 acres of dry land. Water will be supplied till the end of March from August 15. In June and July 2022, 4 tmc. ft of Sagar water was released for drinking, and 60 to 70 percent of the 103 water tanks have been filled since then. The collector said that they had advanced the water release to crops by 15 days compared to the previous year.
Dinesh Kumar said that they had formed committees consisting of revenue, irrigation, police, and agriculture wing officials to prevent misuse of the precious water. He appealed to the people not to use water meant for drinking stored in the tanks for any other purpose. He advised farmers to raise BPT 5204, 2411, 2595, 2270, MTU 1262, and NLR 3392 varieties of paddy which are suitable for the local climatic conditions. He also urged them to consider switching over to crops other than paddy as per the advice of agriculture scientists. Dinesh kumar underlined the need to register cultivation details under e-crop without fail.