GUWAHATI CITY

Farmers cry for water

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OUR CORRESPONDENT

AZARA, July 12: The months of July and August has been considered as peak time for transplanting paddy seedlings as the farmers receive highest density of rains in these two months. However, if the rain water does not suffice the process of transplanting, expectation rests with the canal water supplied by the Irrigation Department. Similar is the case with the farmers of the villages of Kahinkuchi, Azara, Patgaon, Jogipara, Jobe and others under Azara Circle.

Reportedly, there has already been a canal of the department adjoining the farm lands of these villages. However, it has been deserted and presently, the canal is covered with moss and grass leaving it non-operational. Though the seedlings are matured enough for transplanting, due to the water crisis, the farmers are neither able to plough nor transplanting which is putting them in great anxiety.

Notably, under the Kalmani Irrigation Scheme, a canal was aligned through the farm lands of these villages. However, due the apathy and negligence of the Irrigation Department, the canal has got defunct. Stating that a sizable numbers of populations of these villages depend on the production of paddy, the farmers appealed the local and west Guwahati MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita for a holistic intervention. The farmers added that if the water crisis continues, hundreds of Bighas of land will remain abandoned.