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TN farmers are worried about the water levels dipping by half in the Mettur dam

Agriculturists in Tamil Nadu are expressing concern over the declining water levels in dams, with the levels dipping by half compared to the previous year. This situation has raised alarm bells for farmers who rely on water from these dams for their Kuruvai paddy farming.

One farmer from Salem, Manoharan, highlighted the severity of the issue, stating that the water level in the Mettur dam has decreased significantly, leaving the irrigation system at risk and posing a potential threat of crop loss.

A stark comparison between July 18, 2022, and July 18, 2023, shows a sharp decline in the water level, with the Mettur Dam’s storage decreasing from 94,670 mcf to 36,145 mcf. The situation calls for immediate attention to address the challenges faced by farmers and safeguard their livelihoods.