In relation to water lost in transit, (my previous post), here is a report on how water shortage is affecting farmers.
You can get tea for free here water is costly. This project has been on for last 15-20years, but its only helped a few officers build homes,” says a farmer.
Jalna district is located in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Water is scarce due to insufficient rains.
“We’ll have to repay Rs 50,000 as interest on our loan of Rs 10,000. I don’t know where to get the money from, if it doesnt rain. If our lands were irrigated, we would have been better off,” laments a farmer Sushma.
Technically, it is not that the government is not doing much about it. (Read with loads of saracasm). On paper, there are 14 major and 92 minor irrigation projects supposedly underway in the region. We are all very much aware of so -called ‘government schemes’ that exist only on paper. Additionally, as many as 2000 farmers’ land had been acquired by the government for dam projects and the farmers in turn have not been rehabilitated. Read more here.
Though this writeup is about Maharashtra’s agricultural woes, the issue strikes a common chord across agricultural communities across the country. As I write this, I feel skeptical. How much of what we read can we really trust? That is definitely a scary thought.