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Farmers in tail-end ayacut area of Magam canal curse their fate

B.V.S. Bhaskar
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Sorrow of Konaseema:A view of the Magam canal between Ainapuram and Rangarajakodu villages in Mummidivaram mandal, which is almost closed due to aquaculture in the upland area.—PHOTO: S. RAMBABU
Sorrow of Konaseema:A view of the Magam canal between Ainapuram and Rangarajakodu villages in Mummidivaram mandal, which is almost closed due to aquaculture in the upland area.—PHOTO: S. RAMBABU

Farmers in the tail-end ayacut area of Magam distributary canal at Ainapuram village of Mummidivaram mandal in Konaseema are cursing the fate that befell them.

A drainage problem, which has not been attended to for long, is leading to submergence of transplanted paddy fields, causing great distress to the farmers. During every rainy season, flood waters submerge the fields and the standing crops.

The Konaseema Rythu Parirakshana Samiti and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Lok Satta Party D.V.R. Surya Rao have been pursuing the matter for the last four years with officials concerned without success.

Offering a solution to the vexed issue, the samiti and Mr. Surya Rao suggested that flap shutters be arranged at the open tunnel to arrest the flow of flood waters.

Mr. Surya Rao alleges that irrigation officials, right from the section officer to the Superintending Engineer, have not taken serious note of the problem being faced by the farmers.

This apart, the aqua ponds located in the way of drains in the village have been releasing chemical affluents into the flood waters, which take their course into the fields, seriously affecting their fertility. When the Lok Satta committee took the issue to the notice of Minister for Animal Husbandry P. Viswaroop recently, the latter directed the Irrigation SE to address the problem on a war-footing.


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