Farmers stage protest urging government to ensure water supply to save the standing crops
The farmers under Tungabhadra LLC staged a protest here on Thursday urging the government to ensure water supply through the canal till the end of March to save the standing crops.
The farmers said they could not sow paddy this season due to delay in monsoon and tight supply of water in the canal. As result, most of the farmers cultivated alternate crops sowing them in September or November.
If the authorities decided to stop water supply, the farmers would suffer and incur huge losses. According to them, they cultivated crops like chilli, cotton, groundnut and jowar. The farmers urged the authorities to draw 800 cusecs from the dam for ensuring supply to the tail end areas.
Also, the central forces should monitor the canal to prevent illegal drawing of water by Karnataka farmers.
The farmers were concerned about diverting of water to factories in Karnataka and also to the Anantapur district through HLC. When farmers under the LLC were struggling to irrigate the fields, it was unfair to divert the water, they pleaded.
Appointment of EE sought
They felt that an executive engineer be appointed exclusively for the LLC and that the staff were stationed at Adoni.
They urged the authorities to indicate the water supply position well before the crops were sown instead of announcing the early closure of the canal at a later date.
The canal works should be completed early so that water could be releaseed every year by June 10.
The farmers displayed the withering and tender plants from their fields.
Ryots urge authorities to draw 800 cusecs from the dam for ensuring supply to tail-end areas ‘Central forces should monitor the canal to check illegal drawing of water by Karnataka farmers’
Ryots urge authorities to draw 800 cusecs from the dam for ensuring supply to tail-end areas
‘Central forces should monitor the canal to check illegal drawing of water by Karnataka farmers’