The farmers of Sonawari belt in Bandipora district on Wednesday said they are failing to irrigate their paddy fields during ongoing cropping season as Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC) has failed to restore defunct water sheds in their area.
Sonawari farmers said in view of defunct water sheds during the peak season, when irrigation canals are also continuously running dry, it has shattered their hopes of cultivating paddy this season.
"The water sheds are not providing irrigation to our paddy fields, although we have been paying taxes to the department on time," said Abdul Razzaq, a local farmer flanked by other farmers from Sonawari.
The farmers in Sonawari belt from villages including Hajin,Shahgund, Vijpora, Gundjehangir, Gundboon, Naidkhai, Markundal, Sumbal, Banyari, Prang, Mukhdamyari, Madwan, Nowgam, Ganastan, Odina, Hakbara and other villages are also facing irrigation problems due to defunct water sheds.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Khursheed Ahmad Sanai assured that defunct water sheds would be made operational soon.