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Godavari Water Release to Delta Canals Begins Today

The Water Resources Department is set to release water from the River Godavari to the Eastern Delta, Western Delta, and Central Delta canals starting today. This initiative will be formally commenced by East Godavari Collector K. Madhavi Latha, alongside Chief Engineer of the Godavari Delta System Satish Kumar, Superintendent Engineer of Irrigation for Dowleswaram Barrage Circle G. Srinivasa Rao, and other officials during the morning hours.

According to irrigation department sources, there is currently 3.1460 tmc ft of water available in the Godavari River, which will be channeled into the delta regions. Officials have assured that this water supply will be sufficient for the Kharif crop season this year.

Concurrently, the agriculture department is making extensive preparations for the Kharif crop. Adequate seed stocks are being distributed to Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) in various villages to support farmers. In East Godavari district, farmers have already begun establishing their nurseries in anticipation of the water release.

District Agriculture Officer S. Madhava Rao reported that farmers have completed nursery preparations on 48 hectares, with seeds readily available at processing centers. Paddy is expected to be cultivated on 71,000 of the 82,000 hectares, with pulses and maize covering the remaining areas. As per the district’s Kharif action plan, nursery preparations should be finalized by June 15, with transplantation to follow within the next month. Officials claim that adhering to this agricultural calendar will enable farmers to cultivate a second crop during the Rabi season.

In Eluru district, Agriculture Officer Habib Basha highlighted that 10,820 quintals of green manure seed have been allocated, with 9,000 quintals available at RBKs. Additionally, 22,000 quintals of paddy seeds are stocked at the RBKs. Fertilizer supplies are also robust, with 7,000 metric tonnes available to meet the farmers’ needs.

Voleti Bosubabu, the Agriculture Officer for Konaseema district, stated that paddy cultivation will cover 1,68,000 acres in the district. There are currently 23,000 quintals of seeds available, with an additional 7,500 quintals in processing centers. Farmers in Konaseema are preparing their own seeds as well, with varieties such as MTU 7029 Swarna, MTU 1318, MTU 1024, and Sampat Swarna being commonly cultivated.

This coordinated effort between the water resources and agriculture departments aims to ensure a successful Kharif season by providing timely water supply and agricultural inputs. The availability of seeds and fertilizers at RBKs is intended to support farmers throughout the cultivation process. The structured approach to water release and agricultural planning underscores the commitment to enhancing productivity and ensuring food security in the delta regions.

Overall, the commencement of water release from the Godavari River marks a critical step in supporting agricultural activities in the delta regions. With comprehensive preparations in place, officials are optimistic about achieving a successful Kharif season, benefiting thousands of farmers and contributing to the region’s agricultural output.

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