Chadoora farmers protest lack of water supply to agricultural land

Chadoora farmers protest lack of water supply to agricultural land

SRINAGAR: Farmers from Hanjura village of Chadoora Tehsil in central Kashmir’s Budgam district held a protest demonstration on Monday here against the Irrigation Department for failing to provide water for their agriculture land.
Scores of farmers assembled here in press enclave and chanted the slogans ‘We want proper water supply for agriculture land’, ‘Farmers are suffering huge loses’, and ‘We want Justice’.
Abdul Majeed Mir, one of the protesting farmers from Hanjura village, said, “Due to the shortage of the water supply in the river, our crops have been damaged.
“We have 2,000 Kanals of agriculture land in the plot, in which 1,500 Kanals of land have been converted into horticulture land due to the shortage of the water supply.
“Only 500 Kanals of land are now used for agriculture purposes in the area. The water is coming from the Dahigam canal; the river is blocked at Dadaompoora village as people are throwing their waste directly into this river. The concerned department has failed to clear the river so the water does not stop at any place in the river,” Mir said.
“We are directly dependent upon the agricultural land, my family members are directly earning their livelihood from the agricultural land. Due to the shortage of water to the agricultural land, the farmers have been worst affected,” said Ghulam Rasool Rather, another farmer from Hanjura village.
When contacted, Hanief Ahmad, Executive Engineer of the irrigation department of Budgam, said, “We have given a proper alternative to the farmers as there is no shortage of water in the agriculture lands. This issue is totally baseless.
“I have already raised this issue with the Chief Engineer. Hopefully the work will be started very soon in the area,” he said.