The TN Govt would not allow any industry that harms agriculture in the Cauvery delta, Says Tamil Nadu CM.
CM M K Stalin said that his government’s pro-farmer policies had resulted in a turnaround in agriculture, with increased land under kuruvai paddy production.
Tamil Nadu’s government will take all legal and political measures to obtain its fair share of Cauvery water from Karnataka, Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Thursday, while also promising to protect the interests of Tamil Nadu‘s farmers by improving their prospects and not allowing industrial ventures in the Cauvery Delta region.
He claimed that his government’s pro-farmer efforts had resulted in a turnaround in agriculture, with expanded land under kuruvai paddy production.
The Chief Minister stated during the inaugural meeting of the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone at the Secretariat here that the government would not allow any industrial projects that would impact agriculture in the delta area.
According to the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Act, 2020, the state government designated the Cauvery Delta region as a Protected Agricultural Zone. The Act covers eight districts: Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Karur, and Tiruchirappalli.
“The government will work hard to preserve farmers’ welfare and increase job prospects for farmers and agricultural laborers through agro-based industries,” stated the Chief Minister, who also serves as the head of the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Authority.
Regarding the Cauvery water problem, Stalin stated, “All efforts, both legal and political, would be made to recover Tamil Nadu’s share of water due from Karnataka.” The Chief Minister recalled the government’s efforts to improve the farm sector, saying that for the first time, the DMK administration issued a specific budget for agriculture. Also, the quick desilting of irrigation canals for Rs 65.11 crore, as well as the opening of the Mettur Dam on June 12, 2021, resulted in a rise in kuruvai paddy crop acreage reaching 4.9 lakh acres for the first time in 46 years, setting a record.