With rains, whole paddy will be transplanted:- Director Agriculture
Srinagar, June 18: Farmers in Kashmir valley who were worried over the delay in paddy transplantion due to water shortage are happy to see the intermittent rainfall in the past two days.
Farmers from different areas of Kashmir told KNO that their hopes were dashed as they were unable to transplant paddy due to shortage of water. However, they are happy now and are hopeful that they will be able to transplant paddy now.
Fayaz Ahmad a farmer from Anantnag said that this season was unfavourable to them as there were very less rains in last three four months due to which water level in water bodies lowered.
He said that even this rain is not enough. But we have to wait and see if the rainfall is consistent.
Farmers who had already transplanted paddy and their fields had started drying up due to shortage of water have also taken a sigh of relief due to rains.
They are also hopeful that due to rains the water level in wager bodies will increase and all pumps can function normally on which our land depends for irrigation purposes.
It is pertinent to mention here that farmers in different parts were unable to transplant paddy due to low water level in different water bodies there by leaving dozens of lift schemes defunct.
Director Agriculture Kashmir Mohammad Iqbal Choudhary told KNO that we have received today of what there was very much requirement that is rain and it is going to give relief to farmers.
He said that there is still time left in paddy transplantion and we are hopeful that all plantation will carried on whole paddy land.
He claimed that there is no need to panic and wherever there was need emergency need we have made arrangements and now with the help of rains we will use surface water as we aren’t using ground water.
We aren’t utilising the single drop of ground water and we are using only surface water and with the help of rains, our catchments will be healthy and everything will be ok, he said.