Govt to call off advisory over cultivation of paddy

Govt to call off advisory over cultivation of paddy
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Junaid Rather

Srinagar: The state government is expected to withdraw its advisory issued to farmers to not cultivate paddy this year, due to scarcity of water.
Due to the less rainfall in the winter season, the administration had asked farmers in some areas to not cultivate paddy. Now, though, sources in the government are saying that the advisory will be withdrawn within a week as there was now sufficient water available for irrigation.
“The farmers can continue to cultivate their paddy as the government will soon give the go-ahead by calling off the advisory,” a government source said. He said that the agriculture department had been waiting for a month to see if the water level improves. “In past weeks we had enough rainfall and the advisory that was issued earlier will be recalled in a few days,” he said.
The government had earlier asked farmers in north Kashmir to desist from planting paddy this year because the water bodies in the region had dried up due to lack of rain and snow in the winter months.
As per reports, farmers in Baramulla and Kupwara were asked to switch over to pulses, which require less water. The Irrigation and Flood Control department wrote to all field wings to prepare a “drought action plan” in February this year.