“ Farmers have expressed concern over discarding empty liquor bottles into irrigation canals, ponds, tanks, streams and fields.They said that remains of broken liquor bottles do not cause much damage to crops, but it injures labourers and farmers working in the fields or when they step into the irrigational canals.

S. Chellamuthu (54), who cultivates banana near the Mohanur Canal, said that farmers are having a tough time working in the fields without getting their hands and legs cut by pieces of broken bottles. “We can spend money for pesticides to save crops from an infection, but it is not easy to remove all the broken pieces from the fields”, he said.

According to S. Kandasamy, District Vice President of Tamil Nadu Vivasayegal Sangam, illegal sale of liquor in rural pockets was the main reason for alcoholics to discard liquor bottles in water bodies and in the fields. Since consumption of liquor in open places had been banned, they hide in fields and bunds close to the water bodies and discard the bottles”, he added.

He said that people of a village at Rasipuram Taluk have petitioned the Collector six months ago in this connection. G. Ajeethan, Technical Secretary of the Consortium of Indian Farmers Association, for Tamil Nadu, suggested that the Tasmac could introduce a buy-back scheme.