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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Clamour for solution to Rohtak flooded fields gains pace

Ravinder Saini
Tribune News Service
Rohtak, August 18

The demand for permanent solution of chronicle issue of waterlogging in many villages in the district has gained momentum, with the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS) deciding to submit memorandums to Member of Parliament (MP) and all four MLAs of Rohtak district.

"Problems such as waterlogging and salinity have rendered thousands of acres in more than 50 villages in the district unfit for cultivation. Due to apathy of the authorities towards these issues, the ABKS has decided to submit memorandum to MP and MLAs of Rohtak to strengthen the demand for a permanent solution," said Preet Singh, district president, ABKS.

Singh said a large number of farmers were struggling to earn their livelihood as they were unable to cultivate crops due to these issues. Many of them had to leave the fields uncultivated and switch over to other fields to make both ends meet. The farmers had been raising the issue for a long time but the successive governments had failed to resolve it, he claimed.

"A delegation of the ABKS visited Mayna village on Saturday and found a large agricultural area inundated, causing damage to their paddy crops," said Preet.

Notably, the water table in 16 villages here has reached below 1.5 meter while its level is between 1.5 to 3 meters in around 100 villages.

Rohtas, Deputy Director, Agriculture, said the rise in water table may be harmful for farming if it reaches below the level of one meter as every crop needs at least one meter space in the soil to flourish.

"Ground water is not good for consumption and the farm yield here is not high. Horizontal surface drainage system which is used to drain excess water is the solution of the problem," he said.

from The Tribune

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