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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Delay in monsoon worries farmers, affects sowing of paddy in Pathankot

Vinay Dhingra  Pathankot, July 13, 2014
First Published: 12:19 IST(13/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:27 IST(13/7/2014)

The delay in monsoon and the Met prediction of a weak monsoon this year has left the Kandi farmers worried. These farmers in the semi-hill area depend on rain to water their paddy crop in their step fields as there are fewer number of bore wells which mostly dry up in summer.

The farmers who are already late in sowing their crop expect no respite as the sunny days and scorching heat seem to give no relief to these poor farmers who depend on these crops to make ends meet.

The farmers who earlier had been sowing paddy in the end of June had expected rain in the second week of July, but with the sky showing little hope of clouds the farmers sense trouble ahead.

In the Dhar block, natural water sources have dried up and their crops might die soon if it did not rain, claimed Onkar Singh. “I had sown paddy with the first rain in the hope that the next rain would meet the demand of my field, but 10 days have passed since it rained and it would ruin me,” he
said.

Every farmer had the same story, he said. “We depend on rain as to dig a bore well here means an expenditure of Rs. 5 lakh as the water level is very low,” he added. The farmers who had a well were also struggling to get water from it because of the poor power supply, he said.

“We are in the foothills at Jugial and do have a bore well to water our paddy but what about the cost of diesel required to run the tube well,” said Manoj Kumar. “This year seems bad for us as government officials are also helpless as only rain god can help us by making monsoon healthy in the coming days,” he said.

Dinesh Singh Babbu, local MLA from Sujanpur, claimed that he was having discussions with the irrigation department to find a permanent solution to the problem. “We can dig some deep ponds which could be filled in the rainy days and become helpful in draught-like conditions,” he said.

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