Paddy Fields in Sumbal Town Drying Up, Farmers are suffering huge losses due to the shortage of water.
People Appealed Concerned Authorities To Intervene.
Srinagar, 27 July CNI :Rice Seedlings stretching over hundreds of acres of land are drying up in villages of sumbal town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district making famers suffer immensely.
The farmers of Inderkote, Nowgam, Zalpora, Naidkhai and many other villages of Sumbal town are going through troubled times.
The situation has reached such a point that vast fields of paddy crops that normally remained drenched in water have become dry and the earth has cracked from the scorching heat.
An Irrigation scheme which was completed three years before at Wasee Khan Asham but still yet its not functional, if the scheme will be functional in days we get a sigh of relief from the droughts said a group of farmers of the area.
The administrative laxity too is responsible for their plight. The farmers depend on the water released from the Irrigation schemes through cannals for this rice-producing belt.
“we have no money even to take diesel-run pump sets on rent to draw groundwater for our fields,we fears that it is just a matter of time before our paddy fields stretching over thousand acres of land got also affected because of the shortage of water and has led to huge losses” said a farmer Mohammad abbas of Inderkote.
“I do not have resources even to use diesel pumps for groundwater. The crops are dying with each passing day and i am witnessing the ruin helplessly. It will all be over within a few days if water was not immediately released for these paddy fields” says a farmer with tearing eyes.
Most of the farmers here are small and marginal farmers who can’t afford diesel-run pump sets,he added.
Thousands of farmers in Bandipora district particularly in Sumbal town are suffering huge losses due to the shortage of water. To add to their woes is the apathy of the administration that has remained indifferent to their plight so far.
“We the farmers are facing a severe water crisis this season because of callous attitude of the officials, The Irrigation cannals have not been cleaned after 2014 floods which has hindered the flow of water and affected the carrying capacity told residents of the area.
However a contract was given to a contractor to clean up mud and other debris from the said canal after the 2014 floods but he left the work half away which leads the crops dried out said locals of the area.
Farmers appealed to the District Development Commissioner bandipora and concerned authorities to look into the matter at an earliest so that they can heave a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile when the current news of India reporter tried to call Ex En Irrigation and Flood Control Department but his phone continuously remain switched off.