Dry spell threatens crop failure in Kupwara

Of 45,000 hectare gross area sown, 22000 un-irrigated

SHAHID RAFIQ

Kupwara, Aug 7: The prevailing dry spell has left parched vast tracts of cultivatable land in this north Kashmir district threatening paddy, maize and vegetable production.
 The sustained increase in temperatures has sent shock waves among the farming community who believe if it does not rain in the coming few days, “most of the crop would be damaged.”
 The farmers said with increase in the temperatures the water level in the natural irrigation sources has drastically come down leaving little for them to irrigate their fields.
 The water in the channels has decreased considerably so much so that some channels have almost dried up. Among the badly affected areas include Hayhama, upper belt of Lolab, Kalaroos, Chowkibal Kandi, and Natnussa. These areas have not received rains for the past four to five months and are currently facing major water crisis.
 Interestingly, some areas have been infested by rare type of insects. “Due to deficient rainfall, some strange type of insects are being found in the soil. The insects at some places entering into the homes,” farmers said.
 To mention, the Valley is presently experiencing a long dry spell, while Jammu reportedly is getting abundant rainfall.
 The drought conditions in the district are beginning to take a toll on the poor villagers, who are losing their crops and livestock to water scarcity.
 Rain deficit has hit crop yields badly. “In several areas the crops of paddy and maize have dried up and failed.”
 According to official figures the gross area sown in the district is around 45000 and only 23000 hectares are irrigated. “Remaining 22000 hectares are un-irrigated
 Interestingly, the farmers at several places in the district held special prayers praying for rains.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 7 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 8 Aug 2011 00:00:00 IST




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