Tamil Nadu farmers switch to organic farming to survive drought
Jayapal Kaliyaperumal, a farmer from Adamangalam village near Sirkazhi in Nagapattinam district, trots down to his six-acre dry paddy land. This year the severe drought took away his entire paddy harvest. However, in this brown patch of land, bright yellow flowers and clusters of green gram stand out.
Kaliyaperumal grew green gram and vegetables like brinjals this year to offset his paddy loss. Paddy needs water in the flowering stage, and that did not happen due to failure of rains, he told VillageSquare.in. In the coastal Nagapattinam district, farmers face two issues: Salinity in water and lack of water source for irrigation.