Mosambi crops withering

Mosambi crops withering
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Mosambi farmers in the district are in distress as the agricultural bore wells have gone dry and the crops in the non ayacut areas are on the verge of withering. The deficit rain fall has caused the depletion of groundwater table. The situation is bad in Panagal and Chandampally villages, which are located less that 500 meters distance from Udhaya Samudram balancing reservoir.  

Nalgonda: Mosambi farmers in the district are in distress as the agricultural bore wells have gone dry and the crops in the non ayacut areas are on the verge of withering. The deficit rain fall has caused the depletion of groundwater table. The situation is bad in Panagal and Chandampally villages, which are located less that 500 meters distance from Udhaya Samudram balancing reservoir.

A farmer Uyyala Shanker, who had taken up mosambi cultivation, said that 600 mosambi trees, which have another 15 years of life, had gone dry due to non availability of the water. He said as all his bore wells had failed, he had dug five new bore wells by borrowing Rs 5 lakh but could not find water. He is now left with additional debt of Rs 5 lakh, he said

At Chandampally, farmer Narayana Reddy had taken up vegetable cultivation in his five acres keeping in mind the adverse weather conditions and with the suggestions of officials of agriculture department, but his crop has met the same fate of other crops which were damaged due to non-availability of the water.

Speaking to The Hans India, Narayana Reddy said that they had invested Rs 30,000 for vegetable cultivation. As existing bore well in his agriculture fields dried up, he spent another Rs 30,000 each to drill two new bore wells to save his crop. But, luck was not on his side as the two bore wells did not hit water even at a depth of 150 feet. The fate of another farmer of the same village Madhava Reddy is no different. He spent nearly Rs 1 lakh for five bore wells but no water was found in any of them.

Another farmer Nathi Sathaiah, who was seen grazing the cattle in his dried up paddy crop fields at Pazzor village of Thippartthy mandal, has another pathetic story. Sathaiah said that he has taken up cultivation of paddy crop in his two acres of land by borrowing money from others keeping in mind the water sources of two bore wells. But, the deficit rain fall has led to drying up of the bore wells resulting in damage of crop. He said that he had no other option but to commit suicide, if the government failed to help him.

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