He said the decision was taken based on the current storage level, reports from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the southwest monsoon would intensify in the Cauvery catchment areas and in anticipation of water being released from dams in Karnataka in the coming months.
As of today, the storage level stood at 89.18 ft, he said, adding the inflow was 99,372 cusecs (water equal to one cubic foot per second.)
Pleas have also been received from farmers in this regard, he added.
Subsequently, the Agriculture department has been asked to ensure holding of adequate stocks of seeds required for long-term paddy cultivation under the Samba season besides having required stocks of fertiliser.
The move has come as a relief to the farmers as the chief minister had on June 8 informed the state Assembly that water from the Mettur dam would not be released on the annual due date of June 12 due to lower storage levels.
He had then announced a Rs 115 crore short-term 'kuruvai' package for farmers that included subsidies on seeds and farm equipment.
The Cauvery delta region is often described as the "rice bowl of Tamil Nadu."
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