The Cauvery water dispute and drought have impacted the agricultural sector in Mandya district, with paddy crops on at least 50,000 acres showing indications of withering.The crops in both the Cauvery and the Hemavati river basins are at the ear-head emergence and milky stages. They now badly need water to reach the harvesting stage. But water for irrigation was stopped on Wednesday following depletion of level in the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir.
Source: Mandya farmers in dire need of water to save paddy crop – Karnataka – The Hindu
Narayana, a marginal farmer from Besagarahalli of Maddur taluk, was thrilled when the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in April that the southwest monsoon will be “good and above normal.”
The forecast of a good monsoon prompted him to take up farming. But, now Mr. Narayana is repenting for relying on the prediction that went wrong.
Source: Tail-end farmers in Mandya hiring water tankers to save crops – The Hindu
The Cauvery water dispute has impacted crops in about 50% of 5.12 lakh hectares in Karnataka’s Cauvery basin. Following non-availability of water, crops have withered, leading to fears of large-scale financial distress among farmers in the state.The news comes even as Karnataka faces the ire of the Supreme Court for not following its order on releasing the directed quantum of water for Tamil Nadu’s agricultural needs.The crop yield is set to drop drastically, as only 25% of total farm holdings have crops that can be saved.
Source: Karnataka farmers in distress as crops in Cauvery basin wither – The Economic Times
Owing to low water storage in Bhadra reservoir this year due to sluggish monsoon, there has been strong demand from the farmers to alter the schedule of the release of water for kharif crops.The Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of Bhadra Command Area Development Authority(CADA) had decided to release water continuously along right bank canal (RBC) and left bank canal(LBC) for kharif crops for a period of 100 days from July 25.The schedule was worked out with the hope that that the level in the reservoir would rise.
Source: Farmers demand modification of Bhadra water release schedule – The Hindu
Farmers and their leaders, elected representatives and even officials at the Department of Water Resources unanimously attributed water crisis at the canal’s lower reaches to illegal expansion of irrigation at the upper reaches. But, nobody exactly knows the extent of illegal expansion. For, no survey has been conducted even though the water crisis and resultant farmers’ agitations have been yearly phenomena for the last several years.“Around 1.75 lakh acres of unauthorised lands in upper reaches of TLBC, most of which are in Gangavathi taluk in Koppal district, are illegally irrigated using around 600 cusecs of Tungabhadra water. As a result, over 2 lakh acres of authorised lands in lower reaches of the canal in Manvi, Raichur, and parts of Sindhanur taluks in Raichur district are deprived of their legitimate share of water,” D. Veerana Gowda, a leader of Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha, said.
Source: An eternal wait for water for farmers in these tail-end areas – The Hindu
The Irrigation Department has decided to discharge water to canals from July 28. However, the farmers have already prepared their lands for sowing seeds and raising paddy nurseries. The department should immediately discharge Cauvery waters to Visvesvaraya, Chikka Devaraya Sagar (CDS), Virija, Devaraya, Varuna (D. Devaraj Urs) and other canals, they demanded.Standing crops and paddy nurseries at several hundreds of villages are on the verge of withering owing to the non-release of water, and it would cause a huge financial loss, they pointed out.
Source: Farmers protest, lay siege to CNNL office – The Hindu
Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha staged a dharna on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway in Srirangapatna on Monday demanding the speedy completion of canal modernisation projects in the district.
Source: Farmers demand speedy completion of canal works – The Hindu
KRRS state vice president K. Narayanagowda urged the government to accord priority to implement G.S. Paramashivaiah Report to solve the water problem of Central Karnataka districts, including Kolar, Chickballapur, Tumakuru and Bengaluru Rural.
Source: Water issue: Indefinite dharna continues in Kolar – The Hindu