Jammu, Dec 10: The Department of Revenue with the assistance of paramilitary BSF has started demarcation of cultivable land ahead of the International Border in Kathua district.The demarcation process has been initiated following the demand of the farmers who have land ahead of the fence that is uncultivated for the past several years.
“Last year, the cultivation of land ahead of the fence was started with the involvement of farmers, agricultural department and BSF,” said an official. “We encouraged the farmers to take part in cultivation activities ahead of the fence.”
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kathua, Rahul Yadav said, “We are helping the farmers to cultivate the land ahead of the fence like the last year. The land belonging to the farmers remained uncultivated for several years, and they have demanded demarcation of the land and we conducted it accordingly.”
He said that they had offered the farmers all types of assistance under the government schemes to encourage them to go for cultivation.
“Overall we have 6000 kanal land that falls ahead of the fence in Kathua district. This includes the majority of state land while the rest is private land of the farmers,” Yadav said. “The farmers from three villages have come forward expressing their willingness to cultivate the land.”
He said that the BSF was also helping the farmers to make the land cultivable as it remained unused for a long time and wild grass has grown there.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Kuldeep Kumar, NaibSarpanch of Manyari, a village on the Indo-Pak border, said, “We requested the administration for demarcation which is being conducted by the Revenue Department with the involvement of BSF officials. We demanded demarcation because no one knows whose land falls where marking of the boundaries is missing.”
He said many people fear that they might not harvest the cultivated crop if ceasefire violations take place.